|Tuesday, October 18, 2005,
Thompson Room, Barker Center [map]
"The Economics of the American Empire:
Fierceness and Fragility"
Jayati Ghosh is a distinguished and extraordinarily prolific economist
and professor whose many interests include globalization, international
finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic
policy, and issues related to gender and development. She was born
in 1955 and educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University
(JNU), and the University of Cambridge.
She is a professor at JNU and has held other positions at Tufts
University and Cambridge, lecturing meanwhile at academic institutions
throughout India. She is one of the founders of the Economic Research
Foundation in New Dehli, a non-profit trust devoted to progressive
economic research. (Selections of her columns from the Macroscan,
the Foundation's outlet, will be published as Tracking the Macroeconomy.)
Additionally, she is Executive Secretary of the International Development
Economics Associates, a network of economists critical of the mainstream
economic paradigm of neo-liberalism.
Outside of academia, Professor Ghosh has been a consultant and
researcher for many government and non-government organizations,
nationally and internationally. She was the Chairperson of the Commission
on Farmers' Welfare which submitted its report to the state government
of Andhra Pradesh in India in December 2004, and is currently a
member of the National Knowledge Commission set up by the Indian
Prime Minister. She has also worked closely with many progressive
organizations and social movements.
She has published widely. With C.P. Chandrasekhar she has written
Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia (2001) and The
Market that Failed: A Decade of Neoliberal Economic Reforms in India
(2002), and edited the forthcoming Economics of the New Imperialism.
She was the principal author of the West Bengal Human Development
Report which has received the UNDP Prize for excellence in analysis.
In addition to her many scholarly articles, she writes regular columns
on economics and current affairs for Frontline magazine,
Businessline, the Bengali newspaper Ganashakti, Deccan
Chronicle, and Asian Age. Professor Ghosh lives in New