Christopher Ruebeck

Last College:
Purdue, 1986

Faculty Mentor

Christopher  Ruebeck

Christopher S. Ruebeck, an Associate Professor of Economics at Lafayette, is in his sixth season as the faculty mentor for the women’s basketball team. Ruebeck serves as an academic advisor as well as an additional means of personal support for student-athletes. He is also a resource to the coaching staff as a liaison to the College community and an integral part of the recruiting process.

During his tenure on College Hill, Ruebeck has taught a wide variety of courses, including Principles of Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Evolutionary Game Theory and Computational Simulation of Markets and Behavior. He is a recipient of the Lafayette College Student Government Teaching Award, Humanities and Social Sciences Award and an Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Economics and Business Department from Lafayette’ Alpha Delta chapter for the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society.

Ruebeck has had research papers published in numerous scholarly journals, including The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and The Economic and Social Review. He has also presented his research at various conferences for the Patriot League, the Eastern Economic Association, the United States Society for Ecological Economics and the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics.

In addition to work in the private sector, Ruebeck has also held academic appointments at Loyola University in Maryland and at The Johns Hopkins University.

Ruebeck graduated with distinction from Purdue University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has also earned a M.S.E. from Stanford University (1988) and both an M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in Economics from Johns Hopkins.

Ruebeck’s interests include industrial organization, evolutionary game theory, econometrics, and agent-based modeling.  His research has been supported by grants from national and local groups. A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with colleagues in computer science and engineering supports his work on interdisciplinary, environmental research that uses computational simulation to incorporate market incentives in environmental policy-making.  He teaches classes that are part of another NSF grant supporting computational methods in the curriculum and a Mellon Grant for interdisciplinary teaching.  He also has received an inter-institutional grant to study the local food supply chain.