Cullum Clark

Lecturer & Director of SMU Economics Center


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J.H. Cullum Clark joined the faculty of the SMU Economics Department in August 2017 as a lecturer and as Director of a new center focused on promoting policy-relevant research on economic issues at SMU. He was named a Tower Center Fellow in July 2017. He received his PhD from SMU in May 2017. His research focused on monetary policy and asset-price booms, as well as on American cities. Going forward, Cullum’s chief research interests are macroeconomic policy, economic geography and urban economics, and modern economic history. He will also teach an undergraduate class on economic history and development during the 2017-18 academic year.

Cullum was born and raised in Dallas. He earned a B.A. in History at Yale University and an A.M. in Political Science at Harvard University. He has worked for 24 years in the investment industry, serving since 2002 as President of Prothro Clark Company, a Dallas investment firm. In addition to his time in the PhD program, his involvement with SMU includes serving since 2008 on the University’s Investment Committee and since 2010 on the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors, which he currently chairs. He also serves on the boards of the Eugene McDermott Foundation and Uplift Education, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Dallas Assembly. He and his wife Nita have three daughters: Lili (20), Annabel (18), and Charlotte (14). Cullum is delighted to be joining the SMU faculty and the Tower Center.