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Heath L. Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Originally from Rochester, MN, Heath attended graduate school at American University in Washington, DC where he received a PhD in economics and an MA in international politics. Before coming to Drake University, Heath was a research fellow in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Heath's research interests include development economics, econometrics, and computational economics. Much of his research to date has examined equity-efficiency tradeoffs in the distribution of agricultural landholdings in developing countries. He also conducts econometric research, most of which focuses on information-theoretic methods of inference. His work has been published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, and Journal of Development Studies, among other places.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2898
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall


  • Ph.D., Economics, American University
  • M.A., International Affairs, American University
  • B.B.A., General Business, Belmont University

Areas of Expertise

  • Development Economics
July 8, 2018
Robert D. Ray, BN'52, LW'54, died on July 8. Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999.