Each year, SIPA welcomes new scholars, practitioners and researchers. This year’s newcomers have held positions at the U.S. Treasury; Federal Reserve Bank of New York; White House offices for innovation and for cyber security; office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations; and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Visiting professors include experts in race and policy, international trade, and monetary policy. We welcome these remarkable people and the expertise they bring to the SIPA community, and highlight a selection below.
Economic Policy, Economic Governance, and International Finance
Patricia C. (Trish) Mosser, senior research scholar in international finance, is a leading economic researcher with 25 years’ experience at the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mosser, who holds a PhD in economics from MIT, serves as founding director of SIPA’s new initiative on central banking, monetary policy, global finance, and prudential practice. Before joining SIPA on June 1, 2015, she spent two years as deputy director in charge of research and analysis for the Office of Financial Research (OFR) at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before moving to OFR, Mosser worked from 1991 to 2013 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Joining SIPA marks a return to Columbia for Mosser, who taught economics as an assistant professor from 1986 to 1991.
Christine Cumming will join SIPA as central banker in residence and part-time senior research scholar; she also will teach a course in spring 2016 as adjunct professor. Cumming retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in June 2015, having served as first vice president — the organization’s second-ranking officer and also its chief operating officer — since 2004. Over 36 years at the bank Cumming held numerous leadership positions and played a strategic role in various Federal Reserve System initiatives. As first vice president, she led the bank in the development of a comprehensive risk management program, implementation of the Fedwire modernization program, and establishment of an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She was also an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Cumming holds a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.
Willem Buiter, adjunct professor of international and public affairs, is chief economist of Citigroup. Before joining Citigroup, he was a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Buiter has also been a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and chief economist and special adviser to the president at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). His previous appointments include positions with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other international organizations, national governments, and government agencies, and he has also served since 2005 as an adviser to Goldman Sachs International. Buiter has published widely on subjects such as open economy macroeconomics, monetary and exchange rate theory, fiscal policy, social security, economic development, and transition economies, and has taught at leading universities in the U.S., UK, and Europe. A research fellow of CEPR, the European Economic Association, he obtained his PhD in economics from Yale.
Anne Sibert, visiting professor of i nternational and public affairs, is a professor of economics at Birkbeck, University of London. Sibert is a fellow of CEPR, the European Economic Association, and the Kiel Institute for World Economics. Her main research interests are central bank design, open economy public finance, economic and political aspects of the economic and monetary union in Europe, and the political economy of structural reform. Sibert is a member of the London Times Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and served previously as an external member of the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Iceland, the panel of economic and monetary experts for the European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs, and the council of economic advisers to the Opposition Front Bench, UK. She was an associate editor of the Economic Journal and Macroeconomic Dynamics. Sibert earned her PhD in economics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Race and Policy
Harris Beider, a visiting professor at Columbia SIPA, has been professor in community cohesion at Coventry University since January 2008. Previously he was a senior fellow at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham and executive director of the Federation of Black Housing Organizations (a network of more than 150 black-led housing and community organizations). Beider has led national projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as well as international projects supported by the Rockefeller Foundation (USA) and Daiwa Foundation (Japan). He has published two books and more than 40 articles and served as guest editor for peer review journals. His research has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, and The Huffington Post and been discussed on the BBC TV and Radio as well as being cited in Parliamentary reports. Beider has a BA in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick and a PhD in race and housing from the University of Birmingham.
Christina Greer, a visiting professor at Columbia SIPA, is an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American, black ethnic, and urban politics; Congress; New York City and New York State politics, campaigns, and elections; and public opinion. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore. Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the U.S. from Africa and the Caribbean. Greer received her BA from Tufts University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD in political science from Columbia University.
Tech and Policy
Jason (Jay) Healey, a senior research scholar and director of a new initiative on cyber-conflict housed at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, brings extensive, diverse experience in the public, private, nonprofit, military, and intelligence sectors. He served most recently as director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, which focuses on international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace. From 2003 to 2005 Healey worked in the White House as a director for cyber policy, advising then-President George W. Bush and helping to coordinate U.S. efforts to secure U.S. cyberspace and critical infrastructure. At Goldman Sachs, Healey directed response to cyber attacks and helped build a crisis management structure to deal with natural disasters and other major disruptions.
Laura DeNardis, a senior fellow, is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a tenured professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. DeNardis is a senior fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and serves as the director of research for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Information Society Project at Yale Law School and served as its executive director from 2008-2011. DeNardis is also a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series. She has previously taught at New York University, in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and at Yale Law School.
Hollie Russon Gilman, a post-doctoral scholar, is a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation’s Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard’s Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st-century civic engagement. In 2013 she served in the White House as Open Government and Innovation Advisor, where she focused on participatory budgeting and other topics. Gilman has worked as an adviser, researcher, and consultant to numerous nonprofits and foundations including the World Bank, Case Foundation, and Center for Global Development. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University and an AB from the University of Chicago.
Antoine Halff became a senior fellow and director of the Global Oil Markets Research Program at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University in September 2015. Prior to joining the Center, Halff served as chief oil analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and editor of the monthly Oil Market Report (OMR) and the annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR). He has also served as a lead industry economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration and as first vice president and head of commodity research at the firms Newedge and Fimat. Earlier in his career, Halff was a reporter at Dow Jones and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly and launched and directed the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group. Halff is the co-editor of Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford University Press, 2014). He earned his master’s degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and served as an adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University from 2006 to 2012.
Alison Wolf, a visiting professor of international and public affairs, is a professor of public management at King’s College London, where she directs the MSc program in public services policy and management. In October 2014 Wolf became a cross-bench peer in the UK’s House of Lords, after being nominated by Prime Minister David Cameron. Wolf specializes in the relationship between education and the labor market, with particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. Her latest book is The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Crown, 2013). She began her career as a policy analyst for the U.S. government, and over the years has been an adviser to numerous public and nonprofit organizations in the UK and abroad.
Edward C. Luck, MIA ’72, has joined Columbia SIPA as the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs. As United Nations assistant secretary-general and special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2008 to 2012, Luck was instrumental in developing and implementing the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect, which states that the international community’s responsibility to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities outweighs the invocation of sovereignty by the perpetrating state. An expert on the UN Security Council, Luck has also held executive roles at the New York-based International Peace Institute and the United Nations Association of the USA. Luck, who served as a professor of professional practice at Columbia SIPA from 2001 through 2010, will also direct the specialization in international conflict resolution.
Lieutenant Colonel James Koeppen is the first U.S. Army College Fellow hosted by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. In this position, Koeppen conducts research on national security policy, participates in Columbia SIPA activities, and serves as a resource for its students. Koeppen has served in the U.S. Army for 20 years in the United States, Europe, Kuwait, and Iraq. After holding a military post in Naples, Italy, from 2010 to 2013, he took on his current position of Battalion Commander of the 2nd Engineer Battalion. Koeppen has a BS in criminal justice from Fairmont State University and an MS in military art and science at Air Command and Staff College.
Trade and Economic Policy
Mari Elka Pangestu, the George Ball Adjunct Professor for fall 2015, served from 2004 to 2011 as Indonesia’s minister of trade and then from 2011 to 2014 as the country’s minister of tourism and creative economy. A specialist in international trade and foreign investment issues, Pangestu has written extensively on banking, finance, and macroeconomic issues. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis; over the course of her career she has been active in trade forums such as Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), and taught at the University of Indonesia. Pangestu, who is the first female Chinese Indonesian to have held a cabinet position and is also a member of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, the UNCTAD Secretary General’s panel of eminent persons, the advisory board of the Global Competitiveness Forum (WEF), and the Network of Global Agenda Councils.
Pravin Krishna, a visiting professor of Indian political economy and visiting senior research scholar, is the deputy director of the new Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia SIPA. As Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University, Krishna holds a joint appointment in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and in the Department of Economics of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Krishna’s research interests include international economics, international political economy, the political economy of policy reform, economic development and the political economy of India. Krishna’s work has been published in numerous journals, and he is the author of Trade Blocs: Economics and Politics (Cambridge, 2005). Krishna holds a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University.
André Pinheiro de Lara Resende, a senior fellow, studies macroeconomics, finance, and fiscal and monetary policy. Resende’s career spans more than 30 years in the private and public sectors in Brazil. He currently sits on the international advisory board of Itaú-Unibanco, and has been a partner and director at Banco Garantia, Banco Matrix, and Lanx Capital, and an executive director of Unibanco. Resenda has also served as a professor of economics at PUC-Rio, as a board member of the Central Bank of Brazil, and as president of BNDES, Brazil’s national bank for social and economic development. As an adviser to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, he was part of the economic team that developed the Real Plan to stabilize the Brazilian economy in 1994. Resende’s most recent book, Devagar e Simples (Companhia das Letras, 2015), examines the modern state and the challenges of development in democracies. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT and he was recognized as Brazil’s Economist of the Year in 2006.
As you can see, there’s a lot of new talent at SIPA this year. It’s always nice to welcome new experts to the campus, especially when it comes to educating our students. And with more than 70 full-time faculty and 200 adjunct professors and professional practitioners on staff, we’re sure one or two of them will personally inspire you.
So, whom do you hope to work with as a future Seeple?