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Professor of Economics

Jens Christiansen

Mount Holyoke College

Jens Christiansen is Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College. He was educated at the University of Hamburg (MBA), the London School of Economics, and Stanford University (PhD), and has held visiting positions at Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, Yale, Beijing Language and Culture University, Galen University (Belize), and the Berlin School of Economics and Law, among others. As a Fulbright–Nehru Scholar, he was also affiliated with India’s premier women’s college, Lady Shri Ram College of the University of Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. In his numerous publications he has written on topics such as unemployment, labor relations, and productivity growth in advanced industrial countries, and on child labor, the employment of women, and the transition to factory production in U.S. economic history. In recent years his research and teaching have focused more closely on the global economy and its challenges–primarily financial instability, economic and social inequality, and ecological degradation. He has frequently traveled and lectured in East Africa, Latin America, much of Asia, and most of Europe.