Enrique G. Mendoza Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Enrique G. Mendoza, a scholar of international macroeconomics, has been named a Presidential Term Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1. 

The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.

“As an internationally recognized scholar on macroeconomics and finance,” Gutmann said, “Enrique Mendoza has advised leaders and policymakers around the nation and the world on the complex economic issues confronting our world today. He brings to Penn a vast range of expertise and scholarship on many of the key challenges brought on by an ever more global and interconnected world economy.”

Mendoza is currently Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, where he has taught since 2002.  He previously taught at Duke University and served for several years as an economist for the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  He has also been a consultant, visiting professor and resident scholar at a wide range of international universities, banks and economic organizations. 

His research in international macroeconomics provides critical insights for scholars, researchers and policy makers across such areas as business cycles in emerging market economies, sovereign debt and default in developing countries and the implications of America’s trade deficit. 

“Enrique Mendoza is one of the most important international scholars at the crossroads of economics, politics and global engagement,” Price said.  “His work will advance multiple disciplines of intellectual inquiry on our campus.  In particular, it will expand our expertise in both global macroeconomics and public policy, two of the most essential areas of contemporary economics.” 

Presidential Term Professorships, supported in part by a $2 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, are awarded to exceptional scholars, of any rank, who contribute to faculty eminence through diversity across the University.

“The appointment of Enrique Mendoza adds important new expertise to our outstanding Department of Economics,” said Rebecca Bushnell, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “He is also an award-winning teacher who will be able to share that expertise with students in some of our largest undergraduate and graduate programs.”

Mendoza earned a Ph.D. in 1989 and an M. A. in 1986 in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. with honors in economics in 1985 from Anahuac University in Mexico City.