James Gerber

James Gerber

Nonresident Scholar


James Gerber, Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico and a professor emeritus of economics at San Diego State University (SDSU). His fields of specialization include international economics, U.S.-Mexico economic relations and economic history.

Gerber served director of SDSU’s National Resource Center for Latin American Studies from 2002 to 2009, and director of its nationally ranked International Business Program from 2009 to 2012. His research focuses on the economic history of the U.S.-Mexico border region, U.S.-Mexico relations and financial crises.

Recent publications include “The U.S. Panic of 1907 and the Coming of the Mexican Revolution” (Mexican Studies, 2021, with T. Passananti); “The U.S.-Mexico Border Human Development Index, 1990–2015” (Journal of Borderland Studies, 2020, with J.B. Anderson); and “Governed and Ungoverned Integration in the Mexico-.U.S Border Region” (Regions and Cohesion, 2020). In addition to refereed journal articles, book chapters and working papers, his publications include a widely used textbook, International Economics, currently in its 8th edition; a 2008 co-authored book, Fifty Years of Change on the U.S.-Mexico Border, examining the economy of the border region since 1950 from San Diego-Tijuana to Brownsville-Matamoros; and an economic history of financial crises, A Great Deal of Ruin: Financial Crises Since 1929. He is currently working on a book on economic integration in the border region during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Gerber holds a B.A. in history from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis.

Contact at jgerber@sdsu.edu or 619-594-5532.