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Robert McNown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Program on International
Affairs, a large interdisciplinary major at the University of Colorado Boulder. His interests
across a range of fields in the international arena and have led to over fifty publications in
academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and
Statistics, the Journal of International Money and Finance, World Development, the Review of
International Economics, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Population
Economics, and Demography.
Professor McNown studied economics at UCLA (Bachelor of Arts), Georg August
University in Goettingen, Germany, and UC San Diego (PhD). After completing his PhD, he
joined the Department of Economics at CU Boulder, where he received the Department’s first
Stanford Calderwood teaching award. He has held visiting positions at Sydney University
(Australia), and at Peoples University (Beijing) during the 1989 Tiananmen Spring. He was
honored with two Fulbright awards at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal and the
National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is very excited to be a returning faculty
member on Semester at Sea, having sailed around the world on the Spring 1995 and Spring 1998
voyages.