Mary Grace Wilson Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics, Duke University


I joined Duke Economics in 2004, and served as Department Chair (2015-20).  I previously taught at the University of Virginia (2002-04), the University of Pittsburgh (1992-95) and Queen's University (1990-92). Between my stints in academia I worked at the World Bank (1995-2002).

My research concerns US business cycles, currency markets, government finance, and the effects of foreign aid. I’ve received fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the National Science Foundation, and held a National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford in 1998/99.

I’m a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. I haved served on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review , as a Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics, an Associate Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

I’m also a Research Professor of Economics at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. I have held visiting teaching appointments at Johns Hopkins University, the University of California San Diego, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and Universidad del CEMA, and I have served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Bank of Portugal. I received my PhD from Northwestern University in 1991, and my BA from the University of British Columbia in 1985. I was born in Montreal, home of the Canadiens, the Alouettes, and the sadly missed Expos.