David L. Sjoquist is Professor of Economics, and Founding Holder of the Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational and Community Policy.

Dr. Sjoquist is a specialist in the field of public finance, particularly state and local public finance, and has an extensive research interests in urban economics, especially local economic development and central city poverty. He has 45 plus years of experience in higher education and has published over 100 academic papers on topics such as regression analysis, analysis of public policies, teenage employment, computer modeling of local governments, capital maintenance expenditures, state economic development programs, local government fiscal conditions, and the urban underclass. He has also authored or edited 6 books and produced over 135 reports.

Dr. Sjoquist received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas (formerly College of St. Thomas) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Sjoquist is a member of the American Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, and the National Tax Association, of which is a past member of the Board of Directors, and serves on the Board of Editors of the National Tax Journal. He received the Georgia State University Alumni Distinguished Professor Award in 1999.

Dr. Sjoquist was named an Outstanding Young Man in America in 1979 and is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute. Dr. Sjoquist has served as Executive Director of Research Atlanta and Executive Director of the Urban Study Institute. He has been active in many local civic organizations, serving on the boards of Interfaith, Inc., Research Atlanta (President), Atlanta Economics Club (Treasurer), Urban Land Institute-Atlanta District (Executive Committee), Atlanta Urban League, Kids Voting Georgia, Grady High School PTA (President), Neighborhood Planning Unit F (Chair), and the Morningside-Lenox Park Association (President). He chaired the MARTA Blue Ribbon Panel, which studied the long-term financing of MARTA, was co-chair of the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association - Tax Policy Group and was a member of Governor Perdue's New Georgia Commission's task force on public finance. He served on the Board of the Atlanta Regional Commission, which is the official planning agency of the Atlanta region, from 2002 to 2011, and was a member of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. He served as the director of the Andrew Young School's Fiscal Research Center from 1997 to September 2011.

Dr. Sjoquist is married and has one adult married daughter and one grandchild.