- Guggenheim Fellow (1976)
Gary Walton joined the faculty at IU Bloomington as an associate professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1971. That same year, he was appointed to the faculty of the Graduate School. During his time at IU, he was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii (1973), the University of Texas at Austin (1975), and the University of California at Berkeley (1975-1976 academic year, 1976-1977 second semester). He was promoted from associate to full professor with tenure in 1975, was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Economic History in 1976, and resigned to accept a position at Washington State University in 1977. He left Washington in 1981 to found and become dean of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, where he is now professor of economics emeritus. Walton also served as president and is now president emeritus at The Foundation for Teaching Economics, where he designs and administers programs in economics and leadership to high school students and teachers, both domestically and internationally.
Walton was educated at the University of Washington, where he received a Ph.D. in economics (directed by 1993 Nobel Laureate Douglass C. North). His research interests are in economic history and applied microeconomics. He has coauthored numerous textbooks in economics. The most recent being the 13th edition of History of the American Economy, with Hugh Rockoff (Cengage, 2018). He also authored Beyond Winning: The Timeless Wisdom of Great Philosopher Coaches (Leisure Press, 1992). Also considered an entrepreneurial educator, Walton has appeared on TV and radio talk shows such as Sports Check and Firing Line. A retired competitive runner and running coach, Walton plays the alto sax.