Werner completed his PhD in economics at Washington University, St. Louis in 1992. He was an insightful and innovative economic historian who broke new ground in the study of health, race, and regulation in the United States. His book Water, Race, and Disease (2004) won the Economic History Association’s Alice Hanson Jones Prize. His article, co-authored with Brian Beach, Joseph Ferrie, and Martin Saavedra, “Typhoid Fever, Water Quality, and Human Capital Formation” (2016), won the Cole Prize for best article in the Journal of Economic History in the previous year. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and Social Science History, and he was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Werner joined our department in 2008 and taught popular courses in economic history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served on many dissertation committees and placed students at excellent schools, including Martin Saavedra (Oberlin College), Brian Beach (William and Mary), and Ethan Schmick (Washington and Jefferson College). As the department's director of graduate studies in 2017 and 2018, he provided valuable guidance to our graduate students. Werner was also an insightful mentor to our junior faculty members.
Werner was a wonderful colleague, teacher, and friend. He will be greatly missed. Read more here.