Stephen E. Hume

Stephen E. Hume
Associate Teaching Professor
Office: BEC 386

MA (Toronto)

Area of expertise

Economics writing

Stephen E. Hume is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics, where he teaches writing to graduate and undergraduate students. He has a BA (Distinction) from Trinity College and an MA in English from the University of Toronto.

His experience has included positions as teacher, writer, editor, author, and journalist. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Vancouver Sun.

He has published eight books. His textbook, Economics Writing, is in its fourth edition, and the royalties from its sale go to student scholarships at UVic. His new book, Writing About Watching, which is about the Internet, social media, and movies, is scheduled for publication in 2013.


  • Economics writing
  • Science writing
  • Global journalism


Selected publications

(for complete list, see Mr. Hume's website):

Academic books:

  • Economics Writing. Victoria: Open Leaf Press, 2017. Co-editor with Bijan Ahmadi. The writing and resource guide for the undergraduate writing course in the Economics Department. Ahmadi and Hume show the reader how to write clearly and concisely. 
  • Writing About Watching. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd, 2011. With Dr. Kim Blank of the University of Victoria. A text for college and university students on how to write clearly and concisely about movies, the Web, social networking sites, and video games.
  • Economics Writing: Global Warming, Rational Irrationality, Consumer Behavior, Sports, Child Labor, Fashion, Writing an Honors Thesis, and Other Things. 2nd Edition. Boston: Pearson, 2010. Revised, updated, and expanded. With commentaries on writing an op-ed, a news release, a briefing note, and an academic essay in Economics. Includes new student essays, a sample student essay with call-outs, an essay on Keynes and the recession by New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy, and an essay on the economics of global warming by Dr. G. Cornelis van Kooten, Economics Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria. This is the primary text for Economics 225.
  • Economics Writing. Boston: Pearson, 2008. A guide to economics writing for universities. Contains background material on research and writing, economics essays by students, economics articles by professionals, and information on economics websites. This was the primary text for Economics 225 from 2008-2010.
  • Perspectives on Contemporary Issues: Readings Across the Disciplines. 1st Canadian Edition. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2008. Co-editor. A university writing textbook with cross-cultural readings. Chapters include Society and Economics, the Marketplace, Media Studies, the National Game, Gender and Sex Roles, War and Imperialism, and Environmental Studies.
  • Instructor's Manual to Accompany Perspectives on Contemporary Issues: Readings Across the Disciplines, 1st Canadian Edition. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2008. Co-editor. A chapter-by-chapter manual for teachers with classroom exercises, sample essay questions, and ideas for teachers.

Other books

  • Hume, S.E., & Bartram, J.B. (2018). Charles. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.