BS '74 Math
Professor of Economics
University of California, San Diego

Joel Sobel is professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego. He does research in economic theory and studies game theoretic models of communication and signaling. Currently, he is interested in strategic communication and group decision making. He teaches undergraduate pre-business courses and graduate classes in microeconomics.

He has served in a variety of administrative positions at USCD, including department chair. He has enjoyed extended leaves at UC Berkeley, Caltech, UW Madison, Stanford, Oxford, and Barcelona.

Sobel was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1990 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He is the recipient of Sloan and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. At UCSD he has received both the Revelle College Social Science Teaching Award (Economics) and Management Science Teaching Award. He has served as co-editor of the American Economic Review and associate editor of Games and Economic Behavior, Theoretical Economics, the Journal of Mathematical Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, and Journal of Economic Literature. He is currently co-editor of Econometrica. In addition, he is the author of numerous articles.

He earned an MA in economics and a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.