Humberto “Bert” Barreto is the Q. G. Noblitt Professor of Economics and Management at DePauw University in Indiana, arriving in 2008 after teaching at Wabash College for over 20 years. He grew up in Miami, but was born in Camagüey, Cuba, which he has visited several times in the past few years. He earned his B.A. from New College in 1981 and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985.
Professor Barreto’s scholarship focuses on improving the teaching and learning of economics. He loves to help students understand economics, by which he means how economists think, manipulate models, and use data. In addition to many articles and working papers, he has written several books (published by Cambridge University Press) using Excel to teach economics. He has lectured all over the world and offers an annual workshop on much of this material. For more information and details, please visit www.depauw.edu/learn/econexcel.
Having specialized in the History of Economic Thought and written a dissertation on entrepreneurship (which was published by Routledge in 1989), Bert maintains an active interest in the intellectual history of economic ideas and the evolution of the discipline of economics. He manages a discussion list for the History of Economics Society with over a thousand active subscribers worldwide (listserv.yorku.ca/archives/shoe.html). Professor Barreto understands the power of mathematics and formalism in economics but believes that its roots in philosophy and the humanities should not be forgotten.
This is Professor Barreto’s fifth sabbatical and second voyage with Semester at Sea (Fall 2005). He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic in 1991-92, spent a year at the University of Costa Rica in 1998-99, and was at RMIT in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia, in 2012-13. He and his wife, Tami, made the Fall 2005 voyage with the two youngest of their three children. He is looking forward to this next adventure.