Chair and Professor of Economics, Chair of Complex Organizations
As an applied econometrician, Mike Robinson uses economic analysis to answer questions about the world. The author of many articles, book chapters, and reviews, Robinson is primarily interested in labor economics. Much of his research has centered on wages and income, with a focus on the economics of discrimination.
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Professor of Politics
Douglas Amy is a leading expert on electoral voting systems, including proportional representation, redistricting issues in the United States, and the plight of third party candidacies.
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Professor of Economics
Jen Christiansen’s major interest and concern is the politics and economics of global climate change. Other research interests and many of his recent publications focus on questions of comparative economic performance in the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and U.S.). Christiansen has a keen interest in environmental issues and is actively involved in Mount Holyoke’s Environmental Studies program, of which he is a founding member.
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Class of 1926 Professor of Politics
Chris Pyle is a teacher, scholar, and political activist whose interests range across history, law, and politics, with an emphasis on civil liberties. He currently teaches courses on constitutional law, civil liberties, American politics, American political thought, and decision making in complex organizations.
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Professor of Mathematics; Mathematics and Statistics
Margaret Robinson is a number theorist whose work combines analysis, algebra, and topology to understand number theoretic objects, in particular zeta functions. For Robinson, the research is addictive because objects from other areas of mathematics arise like strange outcrops revealing unexpected constituents in the rock of number theory. Tracking down and explaining why these startling connections exist is tantalizing, sometimes frustrating, but never boring.
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Assistant Professor of Economics and Complex Organizations
Steven Schmeiser uses game theory and microeconomic theory to study a wide variety of topics including group formation, regulation, internet advertising, consumer behavior, and corporate law. Schmeiser has published in journals, such as, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The International Journal of Industrial Organization, and Economics Letters. Schmeiser teaches courses on game theory, accounting, corporate governance, and perspectives in global business.
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Academic Department Coordinator
Dawn Larder is the Department Coordinator for Economics Department and the Complex Organizations Program. She started at Mount Holyoke in 1973 and has been in her current position since 1985. Dawn is often referred to as “Skinner Central” since she is the only Assistant who works in Skinner in the summer months.
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D. Anthony Butterfield
Visiting Professor of Complex Organizations
D. Anthony Butterfield can be reached at 413-545-5678.
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