Professor Thomas Herndon earned his B.A. in Economics from the Evergreen State College in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Economics in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research spans the fields of Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Econometrics, and Money and Banking. This research uses empirical and historical methods to analyze the macroeconomic and political economic questions of distribution, instability, and growth within the framework of the economy’s interlocking balance sheets. His research has garnered attention by contributing to debates within economics and policy-making circles. His research has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Economist, Rolling Stone, and the Colbert Report. In 2013, he was selected for the awards, “Bostonian of the Year Honorable Mention,” from the Boston Globe, and “Leading 100 Global Thinkers,” from Foreign Policy.