Member of the Faculty Since: 1995
Prior to joining the SIUE faculty, Dr. Sullivan was an economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington DC, and an instructor at the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. He was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Dr. Sullivan's areas of specialization are economic demography, labor economics and statistical methods. His research has appeared in The Public Interest . He has discussed his research in The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Wall Street Journal and The New Democrat , and on KMOX radio. He has been interviewed regarding such topics as welfare reform, immigration, union behavior, interracial marriage, sports economics and poverty by The St. Louis Business Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle , former St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Gregory Freeman, The Harrisonburg Daily News, The Charleston Gazette , The Everett Herald and the Associated Press. His research has been discussed in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Manhattan Institute's City Journal , The Detroit News, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Economist, on C-SPAN and NPR's The Dianne Rehm Show, by Washington Times columnist Mona Charen and by Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, in their book, America In Black and White: One Nation Indivisible.
His current research interests include the effects of riverboat casinos on communities, the economic impact of sports facilities and the Internet's role in the economy. He has done prior consulting work for the Illinois Department of Justice and the Telus Corporation. He has also co-authored several economic impact studies addressing, for example, the economic impact of Gateway International Raceway and the economic impact of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a referee for the journal Comparative Economic Studies.
Dr. Sullivan is the School of Business course coordinator for Management Science 251 (Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions). He also serves on the University's Arts and Issues Advisory Board and is the faculty advisor for Omicron Delta Epsilon.