Robert Axelrod is Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. His areas of specialization include international security, formal models, and complex adaptive systems. Bob's books include Harnessing Complexity (with Michael D. Cohen), Conflict of Interest, The Structure of Decision, The Evolution of Cooperation and The Complexity of Cooperation. His work focuses on questions of how patterns of social behavior emerge and draws on the current research in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, psychology, and computer science. He is the winner of several national awards and was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Yale University.
Professor Deborah Burand has returned to her position as Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the International Transactions Clinic at The University of Michigan Law School following her service as vice president and general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation under the Obama Administration. Previously, Ms. Burand held senior management positions in the microfinance sector, senior internationally-focused legal and policy positions in the US government (US Federal Reserve Board and US Treasury Department), and at an international corporate law practice (Shearman & Sterling). Ms. Burand was one of five topic leaders for the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. She also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council in 1993-1994. Ms. Burand holds a B.A. cum laude from Depauw University and a J.D. and M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.
Anusha Chari is a Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on international finance with an emphasis on the study of emerging financial markets. Her academic and professional pursuits reflect an interest in synthesizing theory and data to find answers to real world problems. Her recent work on stock market liberalization uncovers new stylized facts about the interaction of real and financial markets using firm-level data. These facts complement a growing body of literature that documents the importance of financial development for economic growth. Her current research includes a study of cross border mergers and acquisitions in Latin America and East Asia. Her earlier work examined the effects of central bank interventions using tick-by-tick data in the foreign exchange market. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's International Finance and Macroeconomics Program.
John D. Ciorciari
John D. Ciorciari joined the University of Michigan in August 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. His research focuses on topics in international politics, law, and finance, particularly in Asia.
After completing an A.B. and J.D. at Harvard, he worked as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London. He spent most of his time on international trade and finance, but pro bono work on asylum cases led him to a greater interest in human rights. In 1999, he took a sabbatical to work on Khmer Rouge accountability at the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. The following year, he began a doctoral program in International Relations at Oxford.
From 2004 to 2007, he served as a Treasury official covering issues in international development and finance. Finishing his dissertation he returned to academic life at Stanford, first as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center and then as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. At Hoover, he also served as Executive Officer of the Global Markets Working Group.
Susan M. Collins
Susan M. Collins is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School and a professor of public policy and economics. Before coming to Michigan, she was a professor of economics at Georgetown University and a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, where she retains a nonresident affiliation.
Her area of expertise is international economics, including issues in both macroeconomics and trade. Her current work explores understanding the recent financial crisis, as well as growth experiences in selected industrial and developing countries. She recently co-authored studies comparing experiences in China and India, and examined challenges to economic growth in Puerto Rico.
She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the secretary/treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), and in 2006-08 was an elected member of the American Economic Association (AEA) Executive Committee. Collins served as a senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers during 1989-90 and chaired the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups during 1994-98.
Alan V. Deardorff is John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor of Economics and interim director of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is currently serving as Associate Dean of the Ford School. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1971 and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1991 to 1995. He has also served as consultant to many government and international agencies, and is on the editorial boards of several journals. His work on international trade theory has dealt primarily with the theory of comparative advantage and models that explain the patterns and effects of international trade. His work on trade policy has included analyses of anti-dumping laws, safeguards, intellectual property protection, and most recently the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization. With Professor Stern, he is author of the Michigan Model, a computable general equilibrium model of world production, trade, and employment.
Kathryn M. Dominguez is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. She has written numerous articles on foreign exchange rate behavior and is author of “Exchange Rate Efficiency and the Behavior of International Asset Markets” and “Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work?” (with Jeff Frankel). Prior to coming to Michigan, Kathryn taught at the Kennedy School of Government and the Woodrow Wilson School. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She has also worked as a research consultant for US AID, the Federal Reserve System, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. Kathryn teaches macroeconomics, finance and international economics at the Ford School. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.
Scott L. Greer is Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Professor Greer, a political scientist, does research on the consequences for health policy and the welfare state of federalism, decentralization, and European integration. His work focuses especially on the United Kingdom and the development of health policy in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He has also done research on health politics and federalism in the United States, Canada, and Spain. Before coming to Michigan, he taught at the University of London. He currently directs a two-year project on the consequences for health services and citizenship rights of trends towards both decentralization and the development of European Union powers in health.
Monica Hakimi teaches and writes on public international law and U.S. foreign relations law as an Assistant Professor at The University of Michigan Law School. She is particularly interested in the informal and operational aspects of the international legal process and in the ways in which that process adapts to contemporary challenges. Her research examines those issues in the contexts of international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and the use of force. Professor Hakimi's publications include articles in the Yale Journal of International Law, the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. She earned her J.D. in 2001 from the Yale Law School, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University. Following law school, Professor Hakimi clerked for Judge Kimba Wood on the Southern District of New York and later served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. At State, she counseled policymakers on non-proliferation, the reconstruction of Iraq, international investment disputes, and civil aviation. She also worked on cases before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, the International Court of Justice, and U.S. federal courts and agencies.
Juan Carlos Hallak is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad de San Andrés, in Argentina. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002 and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan until 2007. He teaches courses in International Trade at the undergraduate and graduate level.
His main research interests are in the fields of international trade and industrial development. He has studied the role of product quality as a determinant of the global patterns of trade, the empirical relationship between accumulation of factors of production, development, and international specialization, and the impact of trade openness on economic growth. His current research focuses on the determinants of export performance at the level of firms and sectors of economic activity, with particular emphasis on the role of quality upgrading.
Sioban Harlow is Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harlow is the Director of the new University Michigan Global Health Research and Training Initiative (UM-GHRT). Funded in October 2005 by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, the University of Michigan Global Health Research and Training Initiative engages undergraduate and graduate students in multidisciplinary global health research; encourages innovative research collaborations across the University; and supports research and training partnerships with institutions in low-and middle-income countries.
For the past eight years, Dr. Harlow has focused on development of human resources in reproductive health research, a project originally funded through The NIH Fogarty International Center, in collaboration with El Colegio de Sonora and with the University of Zimbabwe. She is Principal Investigator of a collaborative study examining the impact of economic development and socio-environmental vulnerability on infant mortality in Sonora. She is also a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the Reproductive Health Research division of the World Health Organization.
She is also Principal Investigator of a multi-study project on staging reproductive aging and co-Principal Investigator for the Michigan site of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation, a multi-site longitudinal study of health of women as they transition through the midlife.
John Jackson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Professor Jackson's major interest is the creation, evolution, and growth of market economies, with a concentration on the dynamics of firm creation, growth, and death. He is modeling these processes to understand how a wide variety of economic, political, and sociological factors affect these dynamics. The work also considers how the growth of the de novo economic sector contributes to the development of both an economic and a political middle class. The research integrates concepts from industrial organization, organizational ecology, dynamic systems, and econometrics. The subject matter ranges from an intensive study of Michigan's economy between 1978 and the present, to studies comparing U.S. states in the 1970's and 1980's, to data collections and analysis in Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. A second interest is the development and statistical estimation of models of the dynamics of two-party electoral competition in a situation where voters' preferences are endogenous and where political parties have multi-valued objective functions. Early results indicate that these extensions lead to quite different electoral processes and outcomes. Professor Jackson's methodological interests focus on evolutionary models with path dependent properties and the implication of those models for empirical analysis.
Vikramaditya Khanna is a Professor of Law at The University of Michigan Law School. He earned his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School and has been visiting faculty at Harvard Law School, a senior research fellow at Columbia Law School and Yale Law School, and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He was a recipient of the John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship for 2002-2003, and his areas of research and teaching interest include corporate and securities laws, law in India, corporate governance in emerging markets, corporate crime, corporate and managerial liability, and law and economics. He is the founding and current editor of both the India Law Abstracts and the White Collar Crime Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network. He has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on matters related to white collar crime and was appointed Special Master in a dispute between an Indian company and an American company. In addition, Professor Khanna recently discussed his research on India at the Securities & Exchange Board of India - the Indian securities markets regulator. Professor Khanna's papers have been published in a number of academic journals including the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Boston University Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal. He has given talks at Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, Wharton, Stanford, Yale, European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, American Law & Economics Association Annual Meeting, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, NBER, and a number of venues in the US, India, China, Turkey, Canada, Greece and Singapore amongst others.
E. Han Kim
Dr. Kim is the Fred M. Taylor Professor of Business Administration; Director, Mitsui Life Financial Research Center and East Asia Management; Professor of Finance and International Business at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kim's current research activity is concentrated on Professor Kim's current research activity is concentrated on corporate governance, labor issues, firm productivity, emerging markets, mutual funds, and equity financing.
Ken Kollman is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the International Institute and Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies (Institute for Social Research) at the university.
He is writing a book on centralization in federated institutions, which includes research on the European Union, the Roman Catholic Church, General Motors Corporation, and the United States government. Along with Allen Hicken, Daniele Caramani, and David Backer, he has created CLEA, the Constituency-Level Election Archive, which is the largest collection of returns for parliamentary elections from around the world.
Margaret Kruk, MD, focuses her research on health system effectiveness and population preferences for healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Kruk is particularly interested in the application of new methods, such as discrete choice experiments and systems dynamic modeling, in studying the interactions between health systems and populations in low-income countries. She works with governments and academic colleagues in several African countries, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Ghana. She has published on women's preferences for maternal health care, policy options for human resource shortages, health care financing, and evaluation of large-scale health programs in low-income countries. Prior to coming to Columbia, Dr. Kruk was an assistant professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and policy advisor for Health at the Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. She has also practiced family and emergency medicine in northern Ontario, Canada.
David Lam is Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He received a M.A. in demography in 1982 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Lam's research focuses on the interaction of economics and demography in developing countries, including analysis of the economics of population growth, fertility, marriage, and aging. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Rio de Janeiro in 1989-90. He was a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in 1997-98 and again in 2004-06. His collaborations with the University of Cape Town include the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey of young people in Cape Town supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America and a member of the Committee on Population of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has served as an advisor or consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Population Division, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency.
James A. Levinsohn is the Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs, Professor of Economics and Management, & Director of the Jackson Institute at the Yale School of Management. His fields of expertise are in international economics, industrial organization, economic development and applied econometrics. Recently, his academic research has focused on the impact of HIV/AIDS on unemployment and school attendance in South Africa. He has published widely on trade policy, foreign investment practices and the global corporation.
Levinsohn's international activities form a major component of his work. He has lived and worked in Senegal, Botswana and South Africa. One of his projects, now in its 11th year, trains government officials, university faculty and students, and NGO staff from over a dozen countries in southern Africa on how to use data to inform policymaking. He has also worked with Sudanese refugees in their attempt to be compensated for their forcible removal from their homelands.
Ambassador (Ret.) Melvyn Levitsky is Professor of International Policy and Practice at the Gerald R. Ford School and is Senior Fellow of the International Policy Center. Ambassador Levitsky is also a member of the Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC), a Faculty Associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Center for European Union Studies, and a Faculty Advisor to the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in the fall of 2006, Ambassador Levitsky was Professor of Practice in Public Administration and International Relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. In May 2006 Ambassador Levitsky was reelected by a vote of the UN Economic and Social Council to a seat on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent body of international experts headquartered in Vienna and responsible for monitoring and promoting standards of drug control established by international treaties. During his 35-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Ambassador Levitsky was Ambassador to Brazil from 1994-98 and before that held positions as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, Executive Secretary of the State Department, Ambassador to Bulgaria, Deputy Director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights. Ambassador Levitsky is the recipient of Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards and Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. On his retirement he received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
Linda Y.C. Lim's research focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in Southeast Asia, including the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations. She also has related interests in business-government and business-labor relations. She has publications forthcoming (2009) on "Globalizing State, Disappearing Nation: Foreign Participation in Singapore's Economy" and "Singapore's Economic Growth Model". Her current research is on (1) the transformation of the developmental state in Singapore, (2) the global financial crisis in Asia, (3) the globalization of Asian companies, including Chinese companies in Southeast Asia, and Southeast Asian companies abroad. Linda is also Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan (on leave 2008-09). At Ross she teaches MBA courses on The World Economy and Business in Asia.
Ann Chih Lin is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison (Princeton University Press 2000) and the co-editor, with Sheldon Danziger, of Coping with Poverty: The Social Contexts of Neighborhood, Work, and Family in the African-American Community (University of Michigan Press 2000). She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Inclusion, Exclusion, and Opportunity: The Political Socialization of Arab Immigrants in Detroit, a project supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Lin is also a co-principal investigator on the Detroit Arab American Study, a landmark public opinion survey of Arab Americans in Detroit. Dr. Lin received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1994 and was the 1992-93 Robert W. Hartley Fellow in Governmental Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Lin was a social worker at Covenant House in New York City, and a member of the Covenant House Faith Community. At Michigan, Dr. Lin teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration.
Sharon Maccini is Lecturer at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy where she teaches courses in public health and applied microeconomics for MPP students. As a health economist, her overarching research interest is in the econometric evaluation of public health policies in developing countries. Current research focuses on the impact of decentralization on health outcomes and public health, and the role of environmental conditions at birth on health and socioeconomic status in adulthood. She holds a BA in political science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University.
Anna Meyendorff is a senior advisor for The Brattle Group, an economic and financial consulting firm, and a Research Associate of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan. From 2004 to 2010, she was a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. From 1993 to 2004, she held a variety of positions at the William Davidson Institute, including Director of Policy Studies and Outreach, and Research Director for Finance.
Meyendorff’s research interests include financial sector development in transition and emerging economies. She has conducted policy-oriented research in Russia, Romania, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, sponsored by the U.S. Dept of State and the U.S. Treasury. While at the Davidson Institute, she directed a U.S. Dept of State – funded program to encourage research on business development in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Meyendorff has worked with corporations including Caterpillar, Citibank and Procter & Gamble in emerging markets such as Russia and Vietnam. In addition, she has worked as an economic expert in a variety of U.S.-based legal disputes.
Meyendorff earned a BA, magna cum laude, in Political Economy from Princeton University in 1980, an MA in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1988 and a PhD in Economics, also from UC Berkeley, in 1993. She is fluent in Russian and French.
James D. Morrow
Professor Morrow's research addresses theories of international politics, both the logical development and empirical testing of such theories. He is best known for pioneering the application of noncooperative game theory, drawn from economics, to international politics. His published work covers crisis bargaining, the causes of war, military alliances, arms races, power transition theory, links between international trade and conflict, the role of international institutions, and domestic politics and foreign policy. He is currently researching the effects of norms on international politics. The latter project examines the laws of war in detail as an example of such norms.
Professor Morrow has written two books, The Logic of Political Survival, coauthored with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith, Randolph M. Siverson, and Game Theory for Political Scientists. He has also published 30 articles in refereed journals and 18 other papers.
Professor Morrow received the Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association in 1994. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Economics of Governance. He served on the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Political Science from 1995-1997.
Albert Park is currently Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His recent research has focused on poverty, human capital (health and education), labor markets, and globalization. He is currently co-directing the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF), a longitudinal study of rural youth in western China, and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey (CHARLS).
Shobita Parthasarathy is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. She does research on the politics of science and technology, both in the United States and abroad. Current areas of interest include: comparative and international politics of genetics and biotechnology; the patentability of human biotechnology such as genes and stem cells; regulation of genetic medicine; the roles of patient advocacy groups; and the relationship between science and democracy. She recently published her first book, entitled Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007), which compares the development of genetic testing for breast cancer in the United States and Britain. Her current research focuses on the politics of patenting biotechnology in the US and Europe, exploring, in comparative perspective, how democratic objectives are interpreted by technical institutions. Primary funding for this project comes from a Scholar's Award from the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the National Science Foundation.
At Michigan, Shobita co-directs a university-wide program in science, technology, and public policy, and teaches courses in genetics and biotechnology policy, science and technology policy analysis, and political strategy. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from Cornell University and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Cambridge. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Shobita Parthasarathy was awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and the American Council of Learned Societies. During the Winter 2009 semester, she will be on leave, as a Visiting Scholar at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes in Washington, D.C.
Paolo Pasquariello is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Paolo's research interests are in the areas of information economics, international finance, and market microstructure. His research analyzes the impact of important features of trading on the process of price formation in domestic and international equity, government and corporate bond, currency, and real estate markets. In recent studies, Paolo has examined strategic trading activity in stock and bond markets, financial contagion, the pricing of ADRs during financial crises, and the relation between market microstructure measures of firm-level adverse selection and the cross-section of firms' capital structure. His work has been published by Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Markets, Real Estate Economics, and Journal of Empirical Finance. Paolo has professional experience as a portfolio manager in Italy, as a fixed income analyst for Goldman Sachs, and as a foreign exchange analyst for J.P. Morgan.
Paolo received a B.A. in macroeconomics and monetary economics from Bocconi University, and his M.B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Philip Potter is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. He studies and teaches in the areas of international security and American foreign policy. His current research projects explore the relationship between interdependence and international conflict; the impact of public opinion and media on foreign policy; and the role of networks in transnational terrorism. Philip holds a B.A. from McGill University, a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a fellow at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Steven R. Ratner
Steven R. Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, came to the University of Michigan Law School in 2004 from the University of Texas School of Law. His teaching and research focus on public international law and on a range of challenges facing governments and international institutions since the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, border disputes, counter-terrorism strategies, corporate and state duties regarding foreign investment, and accountability for human rights violations. Professor Ratner has written and lectured extensively on the law of war, and is also interested in the intersection of international law and moral philosophy and other theoretical issues. In 1998-1999, he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to a three-person group of experts to consider options for bringing the Khmer Rouge to justice, and he has since advised governments, NGOs, and international organizations on a range of international law issues. In 2008-0909, he served in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. A member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law from 1998-2008, he began his legal career as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department. Professor Ratner holds a JD from Yale, an MA (diplôme) from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva), and an AB from Princeton. He established and directs the Law School's externship program in Geneva. In 2010-2011, he was a member of the UN's three-person Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka, which advised Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on human rights violations related to the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. Since 2009, he has served on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law.
Jagadeesh Sivadasan is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Professor Sivadasan obtained a PhD in Economics (and an MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.
Professor Sivadasan's primary research focus is on the causes and consequences of differences in firm level productivity. He has examined the efficiency consequences of tariff liberalization, FDI deregulation and partial privatization in India, and the efficiency consequences of labor market regulations that reduce flexibility in adjusting employment. He research interests include examining the role of capital and labor markets in re-allocating resources from less to more efficient firms and understanding the determinants and consequences of exporting and patenting activity.
Rachel Snow is Associate Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education and Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Trained as a reproductive biologist, she has a Sc.D. in Population Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was Assistant Professor of Reproductive Health at Harvard, then Unit Head for Reproductive Health at the University of Heidelberg (Medical School) in Germany for 6 years before coming to Michigan. Rachel has served on numerous expert committees at the World Health Organization dealing with issues such as gender, human rights, sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptive technology development. She has conducted clinical and epidemiologic research on contraception, reproductive morbidity, and gender in a wide range of countries, including China, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and South Africa. She was a founding editor of the African Journal of Reproductive Health, serving as co-editor until 2002, and is co-editor of the forthcoming WHO volume on Gender and Health. She is currently conducting research on the operational and policy challenges of integrating HIV/AIDS into reproductive health programs in Burkina Faso and South Africa, and the social impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Allan C. Stam is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states. His current projects include developing a GIS model of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and modeling the effects of leaders' military training and combat trauma on their country's propensity to engage military conflict. Stam's work appears in numerous political science journals. He has received several grants from the National Science Foundation. His books include Win Lose or Draw (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and Democracies at War (Princeton University Press, 2002). He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the recipient of the 2004 Karl Deutsch award, given annually by the ISA to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the study of international politics. Before completing his undergraduate degree, he served as a communications specialist on an 'A' detachment in the U.S. Army Special Forces and later as an armor officer in the US Army Reserves.
Howard Stein is a Professor in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS) and also teaches in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He is a development economist educated in Canada, the US and the UK who has taught in both Asia and Africa. His research has focused on foreign aid, finance and development, structural adjustment, health and development and industrial policy. His latest recently completed volume is entitled “Beyond the World Bank Agenda: An Institutional Approach to Development” (University of Chicago Press, 2008). The book examines the evolution of the World Bank agenda aimed at explaining the failure of their policies in regions like sub-Saharan Africa. The volume also attempts to generate an alternative approach with applications to state formation, financial develolpment and health care policy based on institutional economic theory.
He teaches a variety of courses in CAAS and Epidemiology including the history of African economic development, Africa and post-war development theory and policy and health and socio-economic development. He has been involved in organizing the African Development and Human Security Project which is a CAAS based initiative aimed at building a campus-wide network of graduate students and faculty interested in human security issues on the continent.
Robert M. Stern is Professor of Economics and Public Policy (Emeritus) in the Department of Economics and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1958. He was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands in 1958-59, taught at Columbia University for two years, and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1961. He has been an active contributor to international economic research and policy for more than four decades. He has published numerous papers, books, and edited volumes on a wide variety of topics, including international commodity problems, the determinants of comparative advantage, price behavior in international trade, balance-of-payments policies, the computer modeling of international trade and trade policies, trade and labor standards, services liberalization, U.S.-Japan international economic relations, and issues of multilateral and preferential trade liberalization. He has been a consultant to and done research under the auspices of many U.S. Government agencies and international organizations. He has collaborated with Alan Deardorff (University of Michigan) since the early 1970s and with Drusilla Brown (Tufts University) since the mid-1980s in developing the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade. This is a computer-based model that has been used to study a variety of important policy issues such as the effects of the GATT/WTO multilateral trade negotiations, changes in the structure of protection, trade and employment, changes in military expenditures, and the effects of preferential trading arrangements. He is currently working with Drusilla Brown and Kozo Kiyota (Yokohama National University) on the computational modeling and analysis of preferential and multilateral trade negotiations, and issues relating to the scope of the WTO and concepts of fairness in the global trading system and the conduct of the Doha Round negotiations with Andrew Brown.
Jan Svejnar, IPC director from 2005-2011, is also a founder and Chairman of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates the new generation of economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and Governing Board member of the European Economic Association.
From 1996 to 2004, Professor Svejnar was the Executive Director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School where he established a leading research and outreach program on business and economic policy issues relating to the transition and emerging market economies.
Professor Svejnar's academic interests are in the areas of economic development and transition, labor economics and behavior of the firm. His research focuses on the determinants and effects of (a) government policies on firms and labor and capital markets, (b) corporate and national governance and performance, and (c) entrepreneurship. He has published widely and serves as advisor to governments and firms in advanced and emerging market economies.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Jan Svejnar was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University. He received his B.S. with honors from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his MA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
Linda Tesar is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1990 and spent seven years on the faculty at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She joined the faculty at Michigan in 1997. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a visitor in the Research Departments of the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. She has also served on the Academic Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Her research focuses on issues in international finance, with particular interests in the international transmission of business cycles and fiscal policy, the benefits of global risksharing, capital flows to emerging markets, international tax competition and the impact of exchange rate exposure. Results of her research have been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economic Dynamics and the Journal of Monetary Economics.
Rebecca Thornton is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan economics department. She received a B.S. at the University of Michigan in Mathematics and German and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government with a joint degree from the Harvard University Economics Department and the J.F. Kennedy School of Government in 2006. Professor Thornton teaches courses in development economics at the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels. She has extensive research experience in experimental research techniques in the areas of health and education in developing countries. Professor Thornton's research has involved a number of field-experiments in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America that cover topics such as HIV prevention, women's reproductive health, primary education, health insurance, and road safety.
Dr. Thornton is an affiliate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) whose main aims are to use experimental methods to translate research into policy action and alleviate poverty in the developing world. Dr. Thornton has extensive field experience designing and implementing these field experiments.
Olesya Tkacheva is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Rochester's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in public policy and political science at the University of Michigan with a dissertation that analyzed the role of regional governors in the party-building process. Her current research focuses on the relationship between the Internet and democratization in Eastern and Central Europe.
Susan Waltz is Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Pubic Policy, University of Michigan. Professor Waltz is a specialist in human rights and international affairs. She is author of Human Rights and Reform: Changing the Face of North African Politics (1995), and in recent years she has published a series of articles on the historical origins of international human rights instruments and the political processes that produced them. This work calls attention to the contribution of small states to the development of human rights law. More recent work includes an analysis of US small arms transfer policy and its human rights implications.
Alongside academic work, Professor Waltz has been active in human rights advocacy and non-profit governance. From 1993-1999 she served on Amnesty International's International Executive Committee and from 2000 to 2008 served on the national board of the American Friends Service Committee. She has convened a working group on military transfers for Amnesty International-USA and she has been involved with international efforts to promote an Arms Trade Treaty regulating the small arms trade. Professor Waltz received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver.
Marina v.N. Whitman is Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy in the Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. From 1979 until 1992 she was an officer of the General Motors Corporation, first as Vice President and Chief Economist and later as Vice President and Group Executive for Public Affairs. She served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1972-73, while on leave from the University of Pittsburgh.
Professor Whitman received a B.A. in government from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors and awards, and holds honorary degrees from over twenty colleges and universities. She has served on the boards of several major U.S. corporations, as well as numerous governmental and non-governmental advisory boards, which currently include the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for International Economics, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Dr. Whitman’s research interests focus on international trade and investment, trade policy and labor-market adjustments, the changing role of U.S. multinational corporations, global corporate social responsibility, and the question of global convergence toward a common model of capitalism. She has published numerous books and monographs, as well as articles in professional journals. She teaches courses on managing international trade and investment and globalization and public policy.
Yu Xie is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy, at the University of Michigan. He is also affiliated with the Population Studies Center and the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research, and the Center for Chinese Studies. At the Survey Research Center, he directs the Quantitative Methodology Program (QMP).
His main areas of interest are social stratification, demography, statistical methods, Chinese studies, and sociology of science. His recently published works include: Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes (Harvard University Press 2003) with Kimberlee Shauman, A Demographic Portrait of Asian Americans (Russell Sage Foundation and Population Reference Bureau 2004) with Kimberly Goyette, Marriage and Cohabitation (University of Chicago Press 2007) with Arland Thornton and William Axinn, Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis with Daniel Powers (Emerald 2008, second edition), and Is American Science in Decline? (Harvard University Press, 2012) with Alexandra Killewald. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Dean Yang is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics, University of Michigan. His research deals with economic issues in developing countries. His specific areas of interest include microfinance, international migration and remittances, human capital, disasters, international trade, and crime and corruption. He is currently running survey work and field experiments among El Salvador migrant workers in the U.S., among Philippine migrant workers in Qatar, and on microfinance in Malawi. Professor Yang teaches courses in development economics and microeconomics at the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. levels. During 2006-07, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He has worked as a consultant on development issues for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UNDP, and in El Salvador and Peru. He received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.
Kathy Yuan is Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Sceince. Dr. Yuan's research focuses on asset pricing, information economics, market microstructure, behavioral finance, and international finance.
Jing Zhang is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. Professor Zhang's current research focuses on impacts of international financial frictions on international capital flows and risk-sharing and sovereign defaults. Other research interests include long-run behavior of real exchange rates, the world income distribution and financial crisis.
Minyuan Zhao is Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. from Stern School of Business, New York University in May 2004. Before joining Michigan, Minyuan was Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she taught Strategy and International Environment classes MBA and EMBA students. Minyuan's research interests are in the interaction between firm strategies and external environments in a global context. Her dissertation on multinational R&D property rights protection first place in the 2003 INFORMS/Organization Science Proposal Competition and the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference in 2004. Her recent studies examine how internal linkages among firms' geographically dispersed units allow them to alleviate policy uncertainties at the local level. She currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of International Business Studies as well as the Research Committee of BPS.