Daniel Raff is Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, Associate Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania and a longtime Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was educated at the Friends School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and holds an undergraduate degree from New College, Florida, and graduate degrees from Princeton, Oxford, and MIT. He is an economic and business historian, the author or co-author of many articles (in periodicals such as the American Economic Review, the American Historical Review, the Business History Review, the Journal of Economic History, and the Journal of Political Economy), book chapters, and the co-editor of five collective works, the most recent of which being The Emergence of Routines: Entrepreneurship, Organization and Business History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) [edited with Philip Scranton]. He is a former trustee of both the Economic History Association and the Business History Conference. Prior to coming to Penn, he taught (in reverse order) at the business and law schools of Columbia University, the Harvard Business School, and Magdalen College, Oxford. While teaching at Columbia, he and his Columbia Law School Faculty colleagues Ronald Gilson and Victor Goldberg developed what is now the standard way of teaching deal design principles to law and business school students.
He has sung choral music semi-professionally (and is on the recording that won a Grammy in 1974), done translations from Latin and Old French of poetry and prose, been an undercover courier to the then-dissidents in then-Communist Czechoslovokia in the mid-1980s, advised National Public Radio on its coverage of economic and business affairs for most of two decades, and was a deal design consultant inter alia to the New York City Board of Education when it wanted to acquire new boilers to heat roughly six hundred of its buildings and couldn't get a capital allocation out of Albany. Nihil humanum ....