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My research expertise covers: European Economic History, resistance in authoritarian regimes and economics education. I have published in leading peer reviewed journals in the fields of economics education, economic history and interdisciplinary history. 

I recently published a research monograph: “Quantifying Resistance: Political Crime and the People’s Court in Nazi Germany” (Springer Studies in Economic History). This monograph provides for the first time a comprehensive overview of the most serious political crimes and resistance in Nazi Germany from a systematic, quantitative economic and social science perspective. The database itself and its findings will be of interest to a wide range of researchers, especially those in economic, political, social and legal history; economics; political science; and sociology. The monograph will enhance - and in places challenge - our understanding of the workings of, and resistance to, the Nazi State and authoritarian regimes more generally

I have taught more than 15,000 undergraduate students in my career, specializing in large undergraduate classes of up to 700 students. My contribution to teaching excellence has been recognised with several teaching awards at the Department, Faculty, University and National levels.

My specialties include: (i) using mediums of popular culture and classroom experiments/demonstrations to make the study of economics contemporary, fun, relevant and interesting. (ii) innovative, interactive teaching; (iii) explaining economics concepts clearly and concisely.

Courses Taught include: (i) Basic Economic Issues; (ii) Change and Growth in the Australian Economy, (iii) Economics of Everyday Life, (iv) Globalisation, (v) Global Trading Issues, (vi) International Economics, (vii) Modern World Economy, (viii) Principles of Macroeconomics, (viiii) Principles of Microeconomics.

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Research area keywords

  • Economic History
  • Economics Education

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Bad news from the front and from above: bombing raids, military fatalities and the death penalty in Nazi Germany

Geerling, W., Magee, G., Raschky, P. A. & Smyth, R., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Economic Inquiry. 19 p.

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Choice, liberty and repression in A Clockwork Orange

Geerling, W., 2018, Dystopia and Economics: A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies. Acchiardo, C-J. R. & Vachris, M. A. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 58-66 9 p. (Routledge Economics and Popular Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Hitler's judges: ideological commitment and the death penalty in Nazi Germany

Geerling, W., Magee, G., Mishra, V. & Smyth, R., 1 Sep 2018, In : The Economic Journal. 128, 614, p. 2414-2449 36 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Lesson plans for teaching economics with The Big Bang Theory

Geerling, W., Mateer, G. D., Smith, B. O., Tierney, J. E. & Wooten, J. J., 2018, Journal of Economics Teaching, 3, 1, p. 162-184 23 p.

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Open Access

Quantifying Resistance: Political Crime and the People’s Court in Nazi Germany

Geerling, W. & Magee, G., 2017, 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer. 194 p. (Studies in Economic History)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review