• Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity University. He served as the 18th president of Trinity University and served from January 2010 until January 2015.

    Before coming to Trinity, Ahlburg served as the dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Prior to his appointment at the Leeds School, Ahlburg enjoyed a 25-year career as a professor of human resources and academic administrator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was senior associate dean, Land Grant Professor of Human Resources and the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.

    Ahlburg brings to Trinity a distinguished record of research and teaching, and an impressive career as a transformational academic administrator. The author of more than 100 academic articles and books and the recipient of more than 30 research grants, Ahlburg also has received many honors and awards including designation as an "expert of international standing" by the Australian Research Council and a Fulbright Fellowship. He has consulted extensively with a variety of prominent organizations including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the governments of Great Britain and Australia.

    • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania
    • M.A. in Economics, Australian National University 
    • B.A. in Economics, University of Sydney

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, “Skunks in an English Woodland: Should England Embrace For-Profit  Higher Education?”, The Political Quarterly, (90,2), April - June 2019.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, “Is LEO Orwellian? Earnings, Willetts, OfS, Creative Arts, and the Cost of  Higher Education”, The Political Quarterly, forthcoming

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, “Is Higher Education a Market Like Any Other?”, forthcoming, The Political Quarterly

    Dennis A. Ahlburg The Future of Higher Education: Is there an International Crisis in the Humanities?, Routledge, 2019.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, “Is Going to University in Britain a Wise Investment?” The Political Quarterly, December 2017.

    Jean Louis Rallu and Dennis A. Ahlburg, "The Pacific, a Slow or Stalled Demographic Transition?" The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society Second Edition, Moshe Rapaport (ed), Honolulu: The Bess Press, 2013.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg and Robert Cassen, "The Relations Between Population and Development", International Handbook of Development Economics, Amitava Dutt and Jaime Ros (eds), Edward Elgar, 2008.

    Stephen L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall, "The Effects of Interrupted Enrollment on Graduation from College: Racial, Income, and Ability Differences." Economics of Education Review (25, 6), December 2006.

    J. Kammeyer-Mueller, Connie Wanberg, Theresa Glomb, and Dennis A. Ahlburg. "The Role of Temporal Shifts in Turnover Processes: It's About Time." Journal of Applied Psychology, (90, 4). 2005.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg and Eric Jensen, "Why Does Migration Decrease Fertility?: Evidence from the Philippines." Population Studies, (58,2), July 2004.

    Stephen DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall, "Simulating the Longitudinal Effects of Changes in Financial Aid on Student Departure from College", The Journal of Human Resources, (37,3) Summer 2002.

    S. L. DesJardins, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Brian P. McCall, "An Event History Model of Student Departure from College." Economics of Education Review (18) 1999.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, "Intergenerational Transmission of Health." American Economic Review (88,2) May 1998.

    Dennis A. Ahlburg, "The Effects of Rapid Population Growth On Poverty in Developing Countries," in D.A. Ahlburg, A.C. Kelley, and K. Oppenheim Mason (eds) The Impacts of Population Growth on Well-being in Developing Countries, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 1996.

    Paul L. Schumann, Dennis A. Ahlburg, and Christine Brown Mahoney, "The Effects of Human Capital and Job Characteristics on Wages." Journal of Human Resources, (39) 1994

    • Labor Economics 
    • Population Economics 
    • Economics of Higher Education 
    • Economic Development

    Ahlburg is a member of the Executive Committees of Centro Partnership and the Forum for the Future of Higher Education. Ahlburg also sits on the Promise/CHOICE [Eastpoint] Coordinating Council.