Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, July 19, 2021

Regents promote Wallace to full professor

Regents promote Wallace to full professor

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the promotion of La Follette School faculty member Geoffrey Wallace to full professor at its June meeting.

Wallace, a professor of public affairs and economics, received his doctorate in economics from Northwestern University and joined the UW–Madison faculty in 2000. He teaches courses in race, inequality, and public policy, as well as statistics and economics. 

Wallace’s research focuses on the economics of labor and families, and policy issues related to poverty. His current projects examine issues concerning child support enforcement and the economics of aging. 

“I’m thrilled that my colleague Geoffrey Wallace has been promoted,” said La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “In recent years, he has been a critical voice in the La Follette School’s efforts to expand its teaching mission and to serve more UW–Madison students.”   

At the La Follette School, Wallace also serves as the Kohl Chair of Undergraduate Policy Instruction and has been transformational in designing and delivering the School’s first undergraduate certificate programs.

Said Wallace, “I’m grateful, honored, and humbled to be held in high enough regard by the distinguished faculty at the La Follette School to have been promoted to full professor. While the last year has been difficult, I’m looking forward to continuing my research on the financial implications of cognitive decline at older ages, growing the Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program, and a fall semester in which I get to see and interact with students face-to-face again.”