Lisa Cook

Lisa D. Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was also Deputy Director for Africa Research and Programs at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers. With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001.

From November 2008 to January 2009, Dr. Cook was on the Obama Presidential Transition Team and led the review of the World Bank and International Affairs division of the Treasury Department.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Economic Growth and Development, Innovation, Economics, Microeconomics, Deficit, International Markets, Finance, Property Rights, Financial Institutions and Crises

Location: East Lansing, MI

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Twitter: @drlisadcook

Cook speaks to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: