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New Dean @ UC Berkeley Haas!

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

*January 11 2019*

Dean Ann Harrison, UC Berkeley Haas' New Dean!

The UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business has chosen Ann E. Harrison, a Berkeley alumnus and UPenn Wharton Economist/Professor, as its new Dean!


Born in France, Dean Harrison was raised in California where she earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in economics and history in 1982. She would later also serve as a professor of Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics from 2001 to 2011.


Dean Harrison’s research is in the areas of emerging markets, multinational firms, international trade, productivity, and labor markets. Harrison has published in the top journals and her book, Globalization and Poverty, was published by the University of Chicago Press.


She has lectured widely, including at most major US universities and in India, China, Latin America, Europe, the Philippines, and North Africa. Her most recent work evaluates the impact of anti-sweatshop campaigns and corporate social responsibility; the linkages between globalization of firms, worker wages and employment; the effectiveness of industrial policy; and determinants of productivity growth in China and India.


“This opportunity is a dream come true,” she said in a news release announcing the appointment.

Before joining the Wharton School in 2012, Dean Harrison served as Director of Development Policy at the World Bank. There, she co-managed a team of 300 researchers and staff, reformed the World Bank’s process for allocating research funds, and oversaw the institution’s most important flagship publications, including its annual World Development Report. During her tenure, she convinced the World Bank’s president to release all historical records on project loans, a milestone in increasing transparency.


Dean Harrison earned a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1991 and a diplôme d’études universitaires générales from the University of Paris. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy.

Harrison is one of the most highly cited scholars globally on foreign investment and multinational firms. She is the author and editor of three books, including Globalization and Poverty and The Factory-Free Economy. In 2017, Harrison and her co-authors were awarded the prestigious Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The prize, given every two years, is considered one of China’s most important honors in economics.


Dean Harrison was selected after an extensive one year search and will succeed interim Dean Laura D’Andrea Tyson.


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