- I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at American University, specializing in development economics and political economy. Previously, I served as an assistant professor of economics at Williams College (2013-2017). I received my PhD in Economics from MIT in 2013 and previously received a MPhil with Distinction in Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2008 and a B.A., summa cum laude and phi beta kappa, in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University in 2006. More details about my research are provided on my webpage, www.jessicaleight.com
Area of Expertise
economic development, China economic policy and China’s transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy; women’s health, girls issues and education, specifically as it relates to Ethiopia, Nigera, China and India.