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150 Years of Women

Northwestern is celebrating 150 Years of Women.  Economics is commemorating this milestone by recognizing our alumnae, students and faculty.  Interested in participating?  Share your story or nominate someone.


Susan Bies PhD '72

Susan Bies made a generous donation to the department in 2008 to establish the annual Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy.  Past speakers include Thomas Piketty, Claudia Goldin and Ben Bernanke. Susan was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001-2007.  During her time at the Board, she was chairwoman of the Committee on Supervisory and Regulatory Affairs, chairwoman of the Committee on Consumer and Community Affairs, and a member of the Committee on Reserve Bank Affairs.


Nandi mehta '16

Nandi Mehta majored in economics and international studies and was co-captain of Northwestern’s soccer team.  She was awarded the NCAA’s Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship in 2017.  Nandi is currently a first-year dual MD/MPA student at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and expects to graduate in May 2023.


bridgette proctor heller '83, MBA '85

Bridgette Proctor Heller was awarded the 2019 Northwestern Alumni Medal, the highest honor given by the Northwestern Alumni Association.  Bridgette, who majored in economics and computer studies, has more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive with Fortune 500 companies.  She is co-founder and CEO of The Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing literacy and closing the achievement gap for children in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Mar Reguant

associate professor mar reguant

Mar Reguant discusses how machine learning can predict energy efficiency. Watch the video


UNA osili PhD '99

Una Osili is Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  A global expert on economic and financial development, philanthropy and social innovation, Una leads the Global Resource Flows Index and the Global Philanthropy Environment Index. The Global Philanthropy Indices are the leading source of global development and social innovation data trends and involve collaboration with regional experts in 79 countries.  She also heads Lilly's signature research project, the Philanthropy Panel Study (PPS). PPS is the most comprehensive study of the generosity of American families over time.

Lori Beaman

associate professor lori beaman '99

Lori Beaman, a faculty member in Economics and a BA alumnae, is a development economist who studies the role of social networks in the labor market, agricultural technology adoption and constraints on women's participation in the economy and in politics.  She is an Institute for Policy Research (IPR) Fellow, member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a junior fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis and Development (BREAD), and an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

Seema Jayachandran

Professor Seema Jayachandran

Seema Jayachandran, professor and IPR Fellow, researches issues in developing countries, including environmental conservation, gender equality, labor markets, health, and education.  She is co-editor of the American Economic Journal and associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.  She regularly writes for the New York Times as a contributor to the Economic View column. 


Mithra Warrier

Mithra graduated in 2002 with a BA in Economics.  After graduation, she started in the sales and trading program at Lehman Brothers, which began her career in finance. She now runs the hedge fund sales team for TD Prime Services, a division of TD Bank.  Mithra says, "Northwestern’s economics curriculum was engaging, and the professors always made it a point to emphasize the practical perspectives. The diversity of students in my economics classes, as well as the curriculum that focused on the intersection of economics with various disciplines such as history and science, prepares me well for success in my career. I still apply many of the lessons I learned at Northwestern - and I still keep my old TI Graphing Calculator on my desk at work!"

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