Eva Paus

Professor of Economics on the Ford Foundation
Globalization and economic development; international trade and finance; Latin American economics; new technological revolution

Eva Paus has published widely on different aspects of globalization and development. She is the author or editor of seven books and more than 40 articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Confronting Dystopia. The New Technological Revolution and the Future of Work (Cornell University Press, 2018, edited).

Her current research focuses on technological change and the future of work and economic development, industrial policies for escaping from the Middle Income Trap, and the role of modern services in the economic transformation of developing countries.  

As the founding director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives (2004-2019) Paus led Mount Holyoke’s transformation into a truly global college by infusing global learning into curricular and co-curricular experiences, on and off-campus. In 2015, NAFSA awarded Mount Holyoke the national Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive International Education. Paus was instrumental in the establishment of a new interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society at Mount Holyoke (2016-19). She previously co-founded and directed the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.

In the classroom, Paus has been at the forefront of introducing active learning pedagogies into her economics classes; in particular, debates, simulations, and case method. Paus regularly offers a senior seminar on ‘Economic Development in the Age of Contested Globalization.’ Students consistently praise Paus as "brilliant!" and "entertaining" as well as "knowledgeable and fierce."

Paus has been the PI or co-PI on a number of institutional grants and has received numerous national grants in support of her research. She has consulted with different UN organizations and has been a visiting faculty at universities in Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Peru, and South Korea.

Recent Campus News

A large group of young students pose with their 2019 Global Competency Awards

2019 Global Competence Award winners named

Mount Holyoke College celebrated its latest cohort of Global Competence Award winners.

Mount Holyoke is known across the country as a leader in global education because of Eva Paus, director of the McCulloch Center.

Students, meet World. World, students.

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives has changed the Mount Holyoke world — and Mount Holyoke has changed global education. 

Kavita Khory

Kavita Khory ’84 to lead the McCulloch Center

Politics professor Khory, an expert in migration, international security and South Asia, will lead Mount Holyoke’s McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. 

Photo of the field gate

Where liberal arts meets business education

Mount Holyoke College was recognized by the Aspen Institute for its curriculum that imparts both liberal arts smarts and business acumen.

Amy Lim ’18 (left), Julia Kellerbauer ’18 (middle), and Lim’s mentor, Margaret (Gretchen) Lay, assistant professor of economics, Global Competence Awards ceremony.

Think globally, act globally

Mount Holyoke demonstrates that global education is essential, as 35 seniors receive an award for the breadth of their international experiences. 

Recent Publications

"Firm innovation in Africa and Latin America: Heterogeneity and Country Context," South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg, Working Paper 2022-02, January 2022 (Eva Paus, Michael Robinson and Fiona Treganna).

Paus, E., Robinson, M., Treganna, F. 2022. "Firm innovation in Africa and Latin America: Heterogeneity and country context," Industrial and Corporate Change, 31, 338-357.