Timothy M. Diette Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty
Interim Director of the Shepherd Program
Professor of Economics

Timothy M. Diette

Washington Hall 205
Curriculum Vitae

Tim Diette joined the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty as the Executive Director in 2021. Prior to his current position, he served as the Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis, the Associate Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and as the acting head of the Economics Department. For the 2020-21 academic year, he also served as the acting director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability. 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 Race, Class, and Education Policy and the introductory course in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Professor Diette also co-teaches an interdisciplinary Spring Term Abroad course that explores childhood policies and practices in Scandinavia and how this could inform policies in the U.S.. Professor Diette is a faculty member in the Department of Economics, the Education Studies Program, and the Shepherd Poverty Program. He is an affiliate faculty member of the Africana Studies 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.


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


ECON 239 Exploring Childhood in Scandinavia: Comparing Policies and Practices to the U.S.

POV 101 Poverty: An Introdisciplinary Introduction

POV 232 Race, Class and Education Policy