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Peter S. Arno, Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy Research
Emily Bloch, Communications Director
James K. Boyce
, Professor of Economics
Shouvik Chakraborty, Research Fellow
Gerald Epstein, Co-Director and Professor of Economics
Judy Fogg, Administrative Director
Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Assistant Research Professor
James Heintz, Associate Director and Research Professor
Léonce Ndikumana, African Development Policy Program Director, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics
Robert Pollin, Co-director and Professor of Economics
Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Assistant Research Professor


Peter S. Arno

James K. Boyce

Senior Fellow and Director of Health Policy Research
Peter S. Arno is a Distinguished Fellow at the City University of New York Institute for Health Equity. Dr. Arno was Professor of Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College from 2007 to 2013 and the founding director of the doctoral program in Health Policy and Management and the Center for Long Term Care Research & Policy at NYMC. Prior to NYMC, Dr. Arno was the director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He received his doctorate in economics at the New School for Social Research. His 1992 book, Against the Odds: The Story of AIDS Drug Development, Politics & Profits, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Arno’s recent work includes studies on food insecurity and the elderly; economics of caregiving; social and geographic determinants of obesity; regulation and pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry and the impact of income support policies on population health.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: parno@peri.umass.edu

Peter S. Arno
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
914-844-9175

 


Emily Bloch

Communications Director 

Emily Bloch joined PERI in February 2014. Prior to PERI, Emily was a writer and editor for major print and digital publications for over 15 years, and a communications consultant to nonprofits for five. She has been published in The Saturday Evening Post, Real Simple, Parenting, American Baby, Working Mother, Glamour, More, Marie Claire, Prevention, and Babycenter. As a consultant, she previously represented NGOs and socially responsible businesses in their communications efforts. She is also a fiction writer and poet, and received an Artist Grant for Fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2006. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. 

Contact: ebloch@peri.umass.edu 

Emily Bloch 
Gordon Hall 
418 N. Pleasant St 
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-3147

 

 


James K. Boyce

James K. Boyce

Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment and Professor of Economics
James K. Boyce received his Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University. He is the author of Investing in Peace: Aid and Conditionality After Civil Wars (Oxford University Press 2002), The Political Economy of the Environment (Edward Elgar 2002), The Philippines: The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era  (Macmillan 1993), and Agrarian Impasse in Bengal: Institutional Constraints to Technological Change  (Oxford University Press 1987), and co-author of A Quiet Violence: View From a Bangladesh Village (with Betsy Hartmann, Zed Press 1983). He is the co-editor of Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership  (with Barry Shelley, Island Press 2003) and editor of Economic Policy for Building Peace: The Lessons of El Salvador (Lynne Rienner 1996). Professor Boyce's current work focuses on strategies for combining poverty reduction with environmental protection, and on the relationship between economic policies and issues of war and peace.  

Recent publications 

Curriculum vitae

Contact

James K. Boyce
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0816

 Graduate courses:
 Economics 765: Economic Development
 Economics 797E: The Political Economy of the Environment


Shouvik Chakraborty

Gerald Epstein

Research Fellow
Shouvik Chakraborty received his PhD in economics on 
the topic “Movements in the Terms of Trade of Primary Commodities vis-à-vis Manufactured Goods: A Theoretical and Empirical Study” from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published on a variety of progressive economic policy issues, especially in the areas of development banking and international trade, in publications such as Economic and Political Weekly, Mainstream, Journal of South Asian Development and others. Shouvik’s current work focuses on the recent increases in commodity prices and the generation of jobs through investment in clean renewable energy. He is a member of the World Economic Association.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: shouvik@peri.umass.edu

Shouvik Chakraborty
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0821


Gerald Epstein

Gerald Epstein

Co-director and Professor of Economics
Gerald Epstein received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He has published widely on a variety of progressive economic policy issues, especially in the areas of central banking and international finance, and is the editor or co-editor of six volumes, including Financialization and the World Economy (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Capital Flight and Capital Controls in Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Press 2004); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy: (with Dean Baker and Robert Pollin, Cambridge University Press 1998); Macroeconomic Policy After the Conservative Era: Studies in Investment, Saving and Finance (with Herbert Gintis, Cambridge University Press 1995); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System: An Equitable and Efficient Structure for the 21st Century (with Gary Dymski and Robert Pollin, M.E. Sharpe 1993). Professor Epstein's current work focuses on developing macroeconomic policies to promote just and sustainable improvements in living standards. He is also a long-time member of the Center for Popular Economics.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: gepstein@econs.umass.edu

Gerald Epstein
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0822

Graduate Courses
Economics 721 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics I
Economics 797 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics II

Related websites
Department of Economics University of Massachusetts
Center for Popular Economics
Econotrocities


Judy Fogg

Judy Fogg

Administrative Director
Judy Fogg earned her bachelor's degree as an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College with a major in sociology and a minor in political economy. Over the last 20 years she has been an administrator in a variety of environments, including higher education (admissions, development), publishing, and human services. 

Contact: fogg@peri.umass.edu

Judy Fogg
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-1099


Heidi Garrett-Peltier

Assistant Research Professor

Heidi Garrett-Peltier holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on the employment impacts of public and private investments, particularly in the realm of clean-energy programs.  Through quantitative analysis and qualitative research, Heidi analyzes policies and programs to advance low-carbon transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.  She has written and contributed to a number of reports on the clean energy economy, and is the author of the book, Creating a Clean-Energy Economy: How Investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Can Create Jobs in a Sustainable Economy.  Heidi has also written about the employment effects of defense spending and other domestic programs, and has served as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and various other organizations.

 

 

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: hpeltier@econs.umass.edu

Heidi Garrett-Peltier
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0818

 


James Heintz

James Heintz

Associate Director and Research Professor
James Heintz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. He has written on a wide range of economic policy issues, including job creation, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies, and human rights. He has worked on collaborative projects with numerous United Nations agencies, including the International Labour Organization, the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, and UNIFEM. His policy work has focused on the U.S. as well as developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, the Gambia, Madagascar, and South Africa. He is co-author of several books including, with Nancy Folbre, The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as an economist at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute in Johannesburg, a policy think tank affiliated with the South African labor movement. His current work focuses on employment policy and poverty outcomes; economic policy choices and human rights; informal and atypical employment; macroeconomic policies for sub-Saharan Africa; and the links between economic policies and distributive outcomes, including race and gender dimensions.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: jheintz@econs.umass.edu

James Heintz
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0228

 


 

Léonce Ndikumana

Director, African Development Policy Program
Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics

Member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy
Léonce Ndikumana has served as Director of Operational Policies and Director of Research at the African Development Bank, Chief of Macroeconomic Analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town. He is also an Honorary Professor of economics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has contributed to various areas of research and policy analysis on African countries, including the issues of external debt and capital flight, financial markets and growth, macroeconomic policies for growth and employment, and the economics of conflict and civil wars in Africa. He is co-author of Africa’s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent, published also in French as La Dette Odieuse d’Afrique : Comment l’endettement et la fuite des capitaux ont saigné un continent, in addition to dozens of academic articles and book chapters on African development and Macroeconomics. He is a graduate of the University of Burundi and received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Recent publications 

Curriculum vitae

Website

Contact

Léonce Ndikumana
Political Economy Research Institute
Gordon Hall
418 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 010012
413-545-1340

Graduate courses:
Econ 797X-ST: African Economic Development


Robert Pollin

Robert Pollin

Co-director and Distinguished Professor of Economics
Robert Pollin's research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S. His books include Back to Full Employment (2012); A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for South Africa (co-authored, 2007); Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); and The Living Wage: Building A Fair Economy (co-authored 1998); and the edited volumes Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited 2006); Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy (co-edited, 1998); The Macroeconomics of Saving, Finance, and Investment (1997); and Transforming the U.S. Financial System (co-edited 1993). Most recently, he co-authored the studies “Green Recovery” (September 2008), “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy” (June 2009), and “Green Prosperity” (June 2009) exploring the broader economic benefits of large-scale investments in building a clean-energy economy in the United States.

Professor Pollin has worked recently as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization and numerous non-governmental organizations on various aspects of building high-employment green economies, and is currently directing a project with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on this topic. He has also directed projects on employment creation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa for the United Nations Development Program, and has been a member of the United States Competitive Policy Council. He is presently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Commission project on Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: pollin@econs.umass.edu

Robert Pollin
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0819

 


Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Assistant Research Professor
Jeannette Wicks-Lim completed her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. Wicks-Lim specializes in labor economics with an emphasis on the low-wage labor market and has an overlapping interest in the political economy of race. Her dissertation, Mandated wage floors and the wage structure: Analyzing the ripple effects of minimum and prevailing wage laws, is a study of the overall impact of mandated wage floors on wages. Specifically, she provides empirical estimates of the extent to which mandated wage floors cause wage changes beyond those required by law, either through wage effects that ripple across the wage distribution or spillover to workers that are not covered by mandated wage floors. Other recent research includes economic impact studies of minimum wage and living wage proposals. Her current research interest includes the interaction between minimum wage laws and the Earned Income Tax Credit and the dynamics of the low-wage labor market. Prior to coming to PERI, Wicks-Lim was a visiting professor at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. She has also worked as a research assistant for the Economic Policy Institute and a research associate for Monitoring the Future at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Recent publications

Curriculum vitae

Contact: wickslim@peri.umass.edu

Jeannette Wicks-Lim
Gordon Hall
418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A
Amherst, MA 01002
413-577-0820

 


 

 

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