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CEOSE - Member Biography

Cecilia Conrad

Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, CEOSE Chair
Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program
MacArthur Foundation,
140 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5285
Term: 02/01/2010-01/31/2014; Chair Term: 06/01/2012 - Present
Vice Chair Term: 07/16/2011 - 05/31/2012


Cecilia A. Conrad, Ph.D. is Vice President - MacArthur Fellows Program at the MacArthur Foundation. Previously, her distinguished career in academe, included Acting President (September 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013), Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College and Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics at Pomona College. Before her appointment as Vice President at Pomona College, she was the interim Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College (2007-2009) and Associate Dean of Pomona College (2004- 2007). She joined the faculty at Pomona in 1995. As Associate Dean and Dean at Pomona College, Dr. Conrad has championed the College's summer undergraduate research program, led conversations regarding the value and assessment of a liberal arts college education, and worked collaboratively with the Dean of Students and academic departments to improve the campus climate for diversity. She has also served a leadership role within the Claremont College Consortium.

Dr. Conrad's research focuses on the effects of race and gender on economic status with a particular emphasis on women of color. Her work has appeared in both academic journals and nonacademic publications including The American Prospect and Black Enterprise. She has prepared policy monographs for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the California Council on Science and Technology. Her co-edited book, African Americans in the U.S. Economy, was designated an Outstanding Academic Title of 2005.

Dr. Conrad was the founding director of the American Economic Association's (AEA's) Committee on the Status Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP)'s mentoring program. Graduate students who participated in the program during Dr. Conrad's tenure as director (1998-2005), are now on the faculty of Pomona College, Harvard, Yale, Ohio State, Cornell, Weber State, and Howard Universities and on the staffs of the Mathematical Policy Institute, the Urban League, and several government agencies. Professor Conrad currently serves on the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Sciences and Engineering, an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Conrad is the editor of The Review of Black Political Economy and a member of the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She is a past president of the National Economic Association and of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She was recently elected to the board of the Western Economic Association International. She is serving a second term on the AEA's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and has served on the Committee on Economic Education. She chaired the economics experts committee for OECD's Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes.

In 2002, Dr. Conrad was recognized as California's Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award that recognizes faculty members for their achievement as undergraduate professors. In the same year, she also received Pomona College's Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Conrad received her B.A. degree from Wellesley College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

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