Timothy M. Diette Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis
Professor of Economics

Timothy M. Diette

Washington Hall 205
Curriculum Vitae

Tim Diette joined the Office of the President as the Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis in June of 2018. For the 2020-21 academic year, he will also serve as the acting director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability. Prior to his current position, he served as the Associate Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and as the acting head of the Economics Department. Professor Diette joined Washington and Lee University in 2004 as a visiting professor and as a tenure-track faculty member in 2006. He had previous experience working in the Finance Departments at Bank of America and Wachovia followed by a stint as an Economist for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

He teaches a course on the Economics of Education and co-teaches an interdisciplinary Spring Term Abroad course that explores childhood policies and practices in Scandinavia. Outside of the Economics Department, Professor Diette is also a faculty member of the Africana Studies Program, the Education Studies Program, and the Shepherd Poverty Program. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Research Fellow with The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University.

Professor Diette conducts research on a range of issues related to education, health, and social policy. Examples of recent research include the influence of school composition on future life outcomes, the effect of immigrant students on native born students, the role of class size on student achievement, analyzing effects of charitable giving incentives, connections between traumatic experiences and subsequent well-being, and the relationship between violence victimization and homelessness. He testified before a Canadian House of Commons committee regarding poverty reduction strategies and the adverse psychological consequences of exposure to unemployment. He has presented work at conferences sponsored by the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and the European Society for Population Economics. Outside of the university, he is the chair of school board for the Lexington City Schools.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)

M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999)

B.A. in Economics and History, University of Vermont (1995) (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Economics of Education
Health Economics
Stratification Economics
Economic Education and Teaching of Economics


Economics 236: Economics of Education
Economics 239: Exploring Childhood in Scandinavia: Comparing Policies and Practices to the U.S.