Curriculum Vitae

Michael J. Nuwer
Professor of Economics


Areas of Specialization

  • Labor Economics
  • Industrial Relations
  • Economic Theory
  • Economic History


  • Professor, SUNY Potsdam (2002-Present).
  • Assitant Director, Potsdam Institute for Applied Research and Evaluation , SUNY Postsdam (2001-Present).
  • Associate Professor, SUNY Potsdam (1992-2002).
  • Network Manager, PCNet SUNY Potsdam (1993-1998).
  • Assistant Professor, SUNY Potsdam (1986 to 1992).
  • Assistant Professor, University of Vermont (1985-1986).
  • Instructor, University of Utah (1984-1985).

Courses Taught


  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics examines the demand and supply of human resources including labor force participation and trends, compensation and wage determination, investments in human capital, worker mobility, union and collective bargaining in the private and public sectors.
  • Labor Market Analysis. The primary focus of this course is the theory of labor market segmentation. This theory has passed through numerous stages which will be covered in the course. Labor Market Analysis will also look at the role of technology, the employer, and the union in structuring the labor market.
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics focuses on employment, output, and income determination. It also analyzes problems associated with short-run cyclical fluctuations and stabilization policy.
  • American Economic History examines the growth and development of economic institutions in the United States. It also covers transportation and communication, finance and investment, technology and industrialization, business and labor organizations, and prosperity and stagnation in the United States.

Labor Relations

  • Labor Relations Law provides both a historical and thematic understanding of national labor policies in the United States. It examines the use of legal systems in resolving labor disputes. The primary focus is the application of the National Labor Relations Act to labor and management.
  • Employment Law is the study of public policies towards labor in the U.S. Emphasis is on the application of the Fair Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, and Civil Rights Acts.
  • Labor History covers major developments and shifting relationships of the American industrial relations system during the 20th century. The major focus will be the evolution of labor organization, management structure and state institutions.
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

Computer Applications

  • Introduction to Computing. An introduction to computer and management information systems, with an emphasis on the software available for microcomputers that address organizational, management, and communication problems encountered in the workplace. Offered with Freshmen Speaking credit and includes the use of Presentation Graphics software.
  • Introduction to Business Applications. Covers the uses of productivity applications in a business environment at the basic and intermediate levels. Includes the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics.
  • Using Spreadsheets in Business. Covers the uses of spreadsheet software in a business environment at an intermediate and advanced level. Topics include using functions, creating templates, using scenarios, managing data lists, and using VBA.
  • Visual Programming Basics. Explores structured programming in a visual environment. Primary focus is given to Visual Basic and its use in productivity applications. Students are introduced to the concepts of event driven programming, structured procedures and the use of function libraries.
  • Web Page Design. Covers web page creation using HTML and JavaScript. Topics include using tables, frames, styles, forms, and scripts.

Program Development

  • Designed and over-see the Information Technology minor. The minor is designed for Liberal Studies students who wish to gain advanced computer skills and enhance their employment prospects.



  • President's Award for Excellence in Academic Service, 1996. "In recognition of ... outstanding contribution to serving the computing needs of the campus."

Research and Creative Endeavors

Published Papers

  • "Review of Daniel Nelson, American Rubber Workers and Organized Labor, 1900-1941," Technology and Culture (October, 1989).
  • "From Batch to Flow Production: A Case Study of Production Technology and Work Force Skills in the Steel Industry, 1880-1920," Technology and Culture (October, 1988).
  • "Technical Change, Strategic Labor and Wage Structure in the U.S. Steel Industry, 1910-1930," (with Martin Brown) Industrial Relations (Fall, 1987).
  • "Labor Market Structures in Historical Perspective: A Case Study of Technology and Labor Relations in the United States Iron and Steel Industry, 1860-1940," (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Utah, June 1985).
  • "Review of Michael Reich, Racial Inequality: A Political-Economic Analysis," Economic Forum (Summer 1982).
  • "Spanish-American Silver and World Markets in the Sixteenth Century," Economic Forum (Summer 1980).

Working Papers

  • "Uneven Development and the Structuring of Labor Markets in the American Steel Industry, 1900-1915," (August, 1991) Cambridge Journal of Economics.
  • "Do Workers and Jobs Match?: The Case of Immigrants in the American Steel Industry" (July, 1991) Industrial Relations.

Invited Papers

  • "A Case Study of Labor Market Segmentation in the U.S. Steel Industry," International Conference on Labor Market Segmentation, Notre Dame University, April 1989.
  • "Deskilling Mechanization, Strategic Power, and Wage Structure in the American Iron and Steel Industry, 1910-1930," panel discussion paper, ASSA Meetings, New Orleans, December 1986.
  • "Work Force Bargaining and Technological Change in the
    Nineteenth Century Steel Industry," panel discussion paper, ASSA Meetings, San Francisco, December 1983.
  • "Wage Structures in the Steel Industry, 1900-1930," panel discussion paper, ASSA Meetings, San Francisco, December 1983.