Academic journal article The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Laurence Moss as Exceptional Professor

Academic journal article The American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Laurence Moss as Exceptional Professor

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Good professors effectively teach you tools to solve problems confined to the classroom. Exceptional professors provide you new ways to process the world and plant seeds of knowledge that sprout outside of the classroom. Professor Moss was an exceptional professor whose teaching not only propelled my intellectual development during my senior year at Babson and during graduate school, but also established a foundation I draw upon in my current career path. One of his lessons that made the greatest impression on me was a segment on the relationship between human rights and economics, which is an atypical topic in most economics classes. He assigned the riveting and important book Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry and drew the connections between a rights-based society and economic growth. I came across similar teachings and readings in graduate school, and because of Professor Moss's unique and courageous teaching, I was able to deepen my knowledge of political economics and take greater advantage of graduate school.

Just a few weeks before I found out about his passing, the seeds of his teaching sprouted unexpectedly as I was attending an energy conference for work. A keynote speaker working in Russia made a colorful comment about the business and political structure in Russia, and I was immediately reminded of one of Professor Moss's classes where he showed a documentary on the restructuring of the Soviet economy and its legacy on Russia's economy today. …

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