Eva Paus is the Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the Dorothy R. and Norman E. Mc Culloch Center for Global Initiatives and Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Ph.D. and B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Pittsburgh.
Under Paus’ leadership, the McCulloch Center has advanced Mount Holyoke’s mission to educate students for successful careers and citizenship in a global world. The Center advances both on- and off-campus intellectual engagement with the global problems and challenges of the 21st century. By expanding students’ learning opportunities abroad and establishing strategic partnerships with universities abroad, and through its Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholars-in-residence program, conferences, colloquia, and team-taught courses, the Center is weaving global education into the fabric of every student’s education at Mount Holyoke.
Paus’ research and teaching examine issues of globalization and economic development. In recent years, Paus has focused on questions of policy space; how countries can escape from the middle income trap; and the impact of China on the possibilities for productive transformation in other developing countries. Paus has authored or edited several books and many articles. Most recently, she is the editor of Getting Development Right. Structural Transformation, Inclusion and Sustainability in the Post-Crisis Era (2013, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming) and of a special issue on the Middle Income Trap, the outcome of a two-year project she led with economists from around the world (Studies in Comparative International Development, summer 2012).
In her teaching, Paus has been at the forefront of introducing active learning pedagogies into her economics classes; in particular debates, simulations, and case method teaching. As the founding co-director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College, Professor Paus was instrumental in promoting active learning strategies and engagement with critical issues of public concern across the curriculum.
In support of her research, teaching, and administrative projects, Paus has received grants or fellowships from the DAAD, the Fulbright Association, the Freeman Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Inter American Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers' Fund, the Teagle Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Mount Holyoke College.
Professor Paus was born and raised in Germany and lives with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts.