St. Paul, Minn. – Karine Swensen Moe, F.R. Bigelow Professor of Economics at Macalester, has been named the college’s Provost and Dean of the Faculty effective July 1. Moe has taught in the economics department for the past 20 years and is currently the department chair.

A labor economist, Moe graduated from St. Olaf College and received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.  Her teaching includes courses in the principles of economics, the economics of gender, poverty in the U.S., and labor economics.  She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and, with anthropology professor Dianna Shandy, the book Glass Ceilings and 100-hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us about Work and Family.

“Over the past 12 years, I’ve gotten to know Karine and have come to admire and respect her work at Macalester,” said President Brian Rosenberg.  “I want to congratulate her as she moves into this new chapter of her professional life.”

Moe has held numerous leadership positions at Macalester, including Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee (twice), Chair of the Economics Department, and member of the President’s strategic planning committee.  She was recently appointed a member of the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.  Beyond Macalester, Moe has served as a board member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and as Second Vice President of the Midwest Economics Association.

Moe will replace current Provost Kathleen Murray who will become President of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

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April 1 2015

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