Dr. Reuven Brenner was appointed to the McGill Faculty of Management REPAP Chair in Economics in 1991. Before joining McGill, he was Professor at Université de Montréal and Associate Fellow of the Centre de recherche et développement en économique, lectured at the University of Chicago, New York University and the Hebrew University. He was also associated for seven years with DUXX, Monterrey, Mexico. Brenner was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, was awarded the Canada Council's prestigious Killam Fellowship Award in 1991, and is member of the Royal Society. Masters and Mavericks of Modern Economics dedicated a chapter to his works. Forbes Global, August 1998, dedicated the cover article, titled "Leapfrogging," to his endeavours.
Dr. Brenner has taught courses in Microeconomics and Applied Microeconomics, Monetary Theory, Industrial Organization and Political Economy. In the Faculty, he currently teaches such courses as Managerial Economics in the undergraduate program and topics in international and corporate finance in the MBA program. He has been the recipient of various teaching awards over the years.
Risk-taking, creating wealth (by companies) and prosperity (by countries) have been among Dr. Brenner's current research interests. He is the author of eight books: History-The Human Gamble (University of Chicago Press, 1983), Betting on Ideas: Wars, Invention, Inflation (University of Chicago, 1985), Rivalry: in Business, Science, Among Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Gambling and Speculation (Cambridge University Press, 1990), Educating Economists (University of Michigan Press,1992, with David Colander), Labyrinths of Prosperity (University of Michigan Press, 1994), A Financial Century (2001), which came out in the US under thte title The Force of Finance (Thomson/Texere) in 2002. His 8th book, A World of Chance: Betting on Religion, Games, Wall Street (Cambridge University Press) is forthcoming. Brenner also published a large number of articles, translated to several languages. Rivalry and Betting on Ideas were chosen to be among the outstanding academic books published in the US (Choice, June 1989 and May 1987). As noted above, his books were also the subject of a cover article in Forbes, August 10, 1998. In addition to specialized academic journals in economics, history, political science, finance, his books were reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, London Times, Smart Money, Boston Globe, New York Times. There have been a number of TV and radio programs broadcasted in both the US and Canada dedicated to his work alone. Brenner has also been asked often to contribute articles to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Forbes, The Financial Post, Asia Times, Strait Times (Singapore), Figaro (Paris) and others.
Dr. Brenner has also consulted and undertaken studies, among others, for Bank of America, Repap Enterprises, Violy, Byorum & Partners, EEN (Education Entertainment Network), Shell Oil Co., BCI, BCE and others. Fluent in English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Brenner has been keynote speaker at conferences around the world.