Provost James E. Payne

James E. PayneProvost James E. Payne

Previous to his current administrative appointment as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Orleans, Dr. Payne served as Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of South Florida Polytechnic as part of the University of South Florida System.   From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Payne was Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and from 2003 to 2009 as Chair of the Department of Economics, both at Illinois State University. His administrative appointments have been characterized by sound data-driven decision making that supports an entrepreneurial approach to program development and community outreach through public-private partnerships and incentivized budgeting models. In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Dr. Payne has extensive fund raising experience.  

Prior to his administrative appointments, Dr. Payne held tenure-track academic positions at Oakland University (1989-1992) and Eastern Kentucky University (1992-2003) as well as visiting appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi (1988-1989), Economics Institute (Summer 1994), and the University of Kentucky (1999-2000). Dr. Payne has also been a Fulbright Research Scholar (2000) and Fulbright Senior Specialist (2007) to the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia. Dr. Payne received his B.A. in Economics from Berea College (1985) and M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in Economics from Florida State University.  

Dr. Payne has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research productivity. Dr. Payne continues to pursue an active research agenda having published over 200 articles in economics and finance in such outlets as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Regional Science, The Manchester School, European Journal of Political Economy, Defense Economics, Economic Modelling, Public Choice, Public Finance Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Financial Research, Applied Financial Economics, Energy Economics, and Ecological Economics. In addition, Dr. Payne serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economics and Finance as well as an editorial board member of over a dozen academic journals.

Dr. Payne’s research has been funded through grants and fellowships from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Institute for Economic Research, Government of Canada, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Military Affairs Commission, Kentucky Justice Cabinet, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

External Recognitions

Top Economists List based on Number of Articles (ranked 116) of 55,000+ research economists worldwide, 1990-2000. Study sponsored by European Economic Association.

Top 5% among 35,824 Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) authors in the following categories:
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  • H-index
  • Number of Distinct Works
  • Number of Distinct Works, Weighted by Number of Authors
  • Number of Journal Pages
  • Number of Journal Pages, Weighted by Number of Authors
  • Number of Citations, Discounted by Citation Age
  • Number of Citations, Weighted by Number of Authors, Discounted by Citation Age

Top 7% among 35,824 RePEc overall authors

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Ranked 4th among RePEc authors in Louisiana

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Ranked 25th among RePEc authors in U.S. West South Central Region

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Ranked 12th among RePEc authors in Tourism Economics

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Among Top 20 Energy Economists in RePEc

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