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Faculty of Economics

Meredith A. Crowley

“ Economics provides a deep and nuanced way of examining international relations. "

Meredith A. Crowley is a Reader in International Economics at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of St. John’s College, and a Research Coordinator at Cambridge-INET. She is a Senior Fellow of the publicly-funded UK in a Changing Europe (UKCE) think tank, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR - London), and a member of both the Trade and Economy Panel and the Freeports Advisory Panel at the UK Department for International Trade. Her research on international trade, multinational trade agreements, and trade policy has appeared in numerous academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of International Economics and World Trade Review. Her research and analysis of trade policy are frequently in the media, including with the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times.

Prior to arriving at Cambridge in 2013, Meredith worked in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Meredith has held visiting positions at Georgetown University, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Nanjing University. Her research has been presented at central banks and international institutions around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

Why economics?

Meredith left high school thinking she wanted to be a scientist, but a couple of courses in anthropology and history in her first term at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, led her to want to study people and cultures. In 1991-1992, she spent a year in Japan learning Japanese language. At the time, the US was suffering from a protracted recession while the Japanese economy appeared more resilient. Curiosity about the forces driving business cycles and exchange rate movements led her to follow up her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and Asian studies with a master of public policy degree in international trade and finance at Harvard University. From there, she went on to a doctorate degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because she thought the use of mathematical tools for studying questions about human behaviour was a powerful way of examining the world.

“Living in Japan at a time when there was a lot of political tension between the US and Japan over each country’s trade policy toward the other, I wanted to understand how and why these problems had arisen. I chose to study economics because I thought it provided a deep and nuanced way of examining these types of problems in international relations.”

 

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