Eva Paus

Professor of Economics; Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives; Chair, Program Committee, Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society
Specialization: 
Globalization and economic development; international trade and finance; Latin American economics; macroeconomics

Eva Paus has published widely on different aspects of globalization and development. She is the author or editor of seven books and dozens of 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 development, strategies for escaping from the Middle Income Trap, the implications of the rise of China for economic transformation in developing countries, and successful strategies in moving towards high-technology production linked to services.

Under Paus’ leadership, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives has infused 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 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: from the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges, the Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers' Fund. She has received research grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Latin American Studies Association with the Mellon Foundation, the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Paus has consulted with the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), the International Labor Organization, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has been a visiting faculty at universities in Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Peru, and South Korea.  

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