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Susan M. Collins

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan; Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics

Susan M. Collins is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, as well as the Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, professor of economics, and former dean of the Ford School (2007-17). Before coming to Michigan, she was on the economics faculty at Georgetown University and Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (where she retains a nonresident affiliation). She is an international economist whose research interests center on understanding and fostering economic growth in industrial, emerging market, and developing countries. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She served a term as president of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) from 2013-15 and, earlier in her career, as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Collins received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics from Harvard University and her doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Educational Background

PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA in Economics, Harvard University

Professional Affiliations

Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Member, Council on Foreign Relations: Member, National Bureau of Economic Research: Research Associate

Recent Publications

"Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India," (with Barry Bosworth) Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 22, no. 1 (2008). "Economic Growth in Puerto Rico," and "The Policy Options," (with Barry Bosworth) in The Puerto Rican Economy: Restoring Growth, Washington D.C.: Center for the New Economy and The Brookings Institution (2006). "The Empirics of Growth: An Update," (with Barry Bosworth) in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, (2003:2). "Minority Groups in the Economics Profession," Journal of Economic Perspectives, (Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring 2000).