Congratulations to Professor Gita Gopinath on Her Election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences!

April 19, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Gita Gopinath on Her Election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences!

Professor Gopinath was one of 11 Harvard Faculty and 213 new members elected to the Academy and one of seven economists (from the entire world) to receive the honor this year.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, honors exceptional national and international scholars, leaders, artists, innovators, philanthropists, and business leaders. 

She joins her colleagues on the Harvard Economics faculty also recently elected, Professor Marc Melitz in 2017 and Professor Sendhil Mullainathan in 2016.

From the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Press Release and the recent Harvard Gazette announcement:

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of 213 new members on Thursday, including 11 Harvard faculty. The class of 2018 includes authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Viet Thanh Nguyen; former President Barack Obama, J.D. ’91; Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and Academy- and Emmy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks.

Harvard’s inductees to the class of 2018 are Cynthia M. Friend, Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Susan M. Dymecki, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School (HMS); Naomi E. Pierce, Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; Patricia A. D’Amore, Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology at HMS; Christopher A. Walsh, Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at HMS; J. Wade Harper, Bert and Natalie Vallee Professor of Molecular Pathology at HMS; Gita Gopinath, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics; Jeffry A. Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace; Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; and Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard Business School.

Gita Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics. She is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies. She also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India's Ministry of Finance. In 2018 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, she was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. Before coming to Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.