James D. Hamilton has been a professor in the Economics Department at University of California, San Diego, since 1992, serving as department chair from 1999 to 2002. He has also taught at Harvard University and the University of Virginia and received a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983.
Hamilton has published articles on a wide range of topics including econometrics, business cycles, monetary policy, and energy markets. His graduate textbook on time series analysis has over 12,000 scholarly citations and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, as well as the Federal Reserve banks of Atlanta, Boston, New York, Richmond, and San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Central Bank and has testified before the United States Congress.