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In response to a rapidly changing and often misunderstood global economic playing field, research at the Peter Cowhey Center on Global Transformation is designed to address central questions of economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific. Joshua Graff Zivin, a professor who has a broad research profile that includes the environment, health, development and innovation economics, leads the center. Together with an expanded group of resident fellows, established and emerging faculty leaders and applications-oriented researchers, the center is a resource for policymakers and business leaders alike.

Faculty and Research

Related Faculty

  • John Ahlquist

    John Ahlquist

    Professor; Director, Pacific Leadership Fellows Program

    Research Fields: political economy, comparative politics, labor market institutions, income inequality, international trade

  • Eli Berman

    Eli Berman

    Professor, UC San Diego Department of Economics

    Research Fields: environmental and resource, economics, labor economics, religion, Middle East, terrorism and insurgency, fertility, immigration, language

  • Roger Bohn

    Roger Bohn

    Professor Emeritus

    Research Fields: high-tech and international manufacturing, electronics and data storage industry, product development, organizational management

  • Renee Bowen

    Renee Bowen

    Professor, UC San Diego Department of Economics

    Research fields: political economy, microeconomic theory, international trade

  • Richard Feinberg

    Richard Feinberg

    Professor Emeritus

    Research Fields: Cuba, Latin America, U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, trade and investment, globalization, democratization, non-governmental organizations

  • Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Professor; Aaron Feldman Family Chancellor's Endowed Chair in U.S.-Mexican Studies in Memory of David Feldman; Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Research fields: U.S.-Mexico relations, foreign policy, immigration and security in Latin America

  • Francisco Garfias

    Francisco Garfias

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics

  • Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg

    Associate Professor of Economics

    Research Fields: environmental economics, development economics, decarbonization, South and Southeast Asia

  • Alexander Gelber

    Alexander Gelber

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: public finance, particularly issues relating to taxation and social insurance
  • Joshua Graff Zivin

    Joshua Graff Zivin

    Professor; Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations; Director, Peter F. Cowhey Center on Global Transformation

    Research Fields: environmental, public health, development, innovation economics

  • Stephan Haggard

    Stephan Haggard

    Research Professor; Lawrence and Sallye Krause Distinguished Professor Emeritus; Director Emeritus, Korea-Pacific Program; Research Director, Global Governance (IGCC)

    Research Fields: international relations, political economy, globalization, East Asia, North and South Korea

  • Ruixue Jia

    Ruixue Jia

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: China, development economics, economic history, political economy

  • Uma R. Karmarkar

    Uma R. Karmarkar

    Assistant Professor

    Research fields: decision neuroscience, neuroeconomics, psychology, consumer behavior

  • Gaurav Khanna

    Gaurav Khanna

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, labor economics, applied econometrics

  • Munseob Lee

    Munseob Lee

    Assistant Professor; Director, Korea-Pacific Program

    Research Fields: macroeconomics, economic growth, development economics, Korean economy

  • Elizabeth Lyons

    Elizabeth Lyons

    Associate Professor

    Research Fields: technology and innovation strategy, international management, organizational economics

  • Gordon McCord

    Gordon McCord

    Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Dean

    Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment

  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies

  • Barry Naughton

    Barry Naughton

    So Kwan Lok Chair of Chinese International Affairs

    Research Fields: Chinese economy, foreign trade and investment, economic reform 

  • Agustina Paglayan

    Agustina Paglayan

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: political economy, comparative politics, education systems, labor market institutions, state capacity, applied econometrics, historical research methods, politics of policymaking in Latin America and the U.S.

  • Krislert Samphantharak

    Krislert Samphantharak


    Research Fields: corporate finance, economic development, family businesses, business groups in East and Southeast Asia, financial institutions in village economies, Thailand

  • Ulrike Schaede

    Ulrike Schaede

    Professor of Japanese Business; Director, Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology

    Research Fields: Japan, Japanese business organization, strategy, and management, financial markets

  • Weiyi Shi

    Weiyi Shi

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, political economy, foreign policy

  • Victor Shih

    Victor Shih

    Professor of Political Science; Director, 21st Century China Center; Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations

    Research Fields: China, political economy, Chinese banking policies, Chinese politics

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    Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.
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    Supporting academic research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations, this center explores the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy in these countries.
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