As temperatures dip and indoor activities beckon, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. In this new series, St. John’s faculty share some of the titles and authors on their “must read” lists that are sure to challenge, stimulate, and delight.
Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Ph.D.
Henry George Chair in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
My favorite bookThe Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
My favorite authorHovhannes Tumanyan.
One book every St. John’s student should readThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
At the moment, I am readingCapitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World by Branko Milanovic (he is a top scholar globally and spoke at St. John’s).
The one thing that everyone needs to readLes Misérables by Victor Hugo.
My favorite places on campus to read are
Outside on the Tobin College terrace or by the Marillac tables when the sun is out.
I keep meaning to get around to readingDebt—Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber.
Is there a book you require for your classes that is particularly compelling or illuminating?
Yes, I really like Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market by Walter Bagehot
I like to rereadHow Did I Survive? by Artavazd M. Minasyan. It is an inspiring memoir.
Is there one book that is essential for a successful economics student to read?
Yes, I think it is The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economics Thinkers by Robert L. Heilbroner
Hard copy or eReader?
If I wrote a memoir, the title would beWhat is Future?
In addition to his responsibilities at St. John’s University, Dr. Gevorkyan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. His extensive teaching and research experience covers themes in open economy macroeconomics, macroeconomic policy, economic development, international financial economics, labor migration, and postsocialist transition economics. Dr. Gevorkyan is the author of Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (Routledge, 2018) and is a coeditor with Otaviano Canuto, Ph.D., of Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets (Palgrave MacMillan in 2016).