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J’can-born San Diego professor joins Biden economic team

Jamaica-born Renee Bowen Bowen is director of UCSD’s Center for Commerce and Diplomacy and a former consultant at the World Bank. For the past year, she has been on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors.

She has now been appointed as a senior economist for trade with the Council of Economic Advisers in the Biden/Harris administration.

She will serve for one year as the senior economist for trade with the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House agency created to help the president evaluate economic trends and formulate financial plans.

In a written statement Bowen said, “I am extremely excited to serve in the Biden administration by providing expertise on economic policy based on data, research, and evidence. I look forward to creating more opportunities to bridge the worlds of policymaking and academia to help build a better future for the United States and the world.”

Bowen is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She earned her Civil Engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Master’s and Doctorate from Georgetown University in the field of economics.

She previously worked with JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street as well as a consultant for the World Bank where she concentrated on international trade policy for sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the council, Bowen served as a professor and pastor faculty fellow at the University of California San Diego.

She is jointly appointed at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Department of Economics and is director of the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy.

Her research focuses on political economy, microeconomic theory, and international trade.

Her list of achievements include:

  • Published in top economics journals including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and is
  • Sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mathematical Economics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and the Review of International Organizations.
  • Member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Her recent work examined designing an international economic order. She applies dynamic game theory to study the behavior of individuals who are constrained by institutions and who have long-term strategic considerations.

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 15, 2021 at 10:57am
Awesome, she has cred, she should be an inspiration for black teenagers.
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