Robert B. Archibald is Chancellor Professor of Economics at William & Mary where he has been on the faculty since 1976. Professor Archibald received his B.A. from the University of Arizona and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. At William & Mary he has served as Chair of the Economics Department, Director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, President of the Faculty Assembly, and Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors.
His current research focuses on higher education finance. He is the author of three books on higher education finance: Redesigning the Financial Aid System: Why Colleges and Universities Should Switch Roles with the Federal Government (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) and, together with David H. Feldman, Why Does College Cost So Much? (Oxford University Press, 2011). He and Professor Feldman have a second book, The Road Ahead for America’s Colleges and Universities with Oxford University Press coming out in the summer of 2017.