Susan M. Collins

Edward M Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics


Susan M. Collins is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy and a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She began her deanship in August 2007, was reappointed to a second term in 2012, and will step down as dean, after ten productive years, on June 30.

Dean Collins is an international economist. Her research interests focus on the implications of increasing international economic integration and the determinants of economic growth in industrial, emerging market, and developing countries. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals. Examples include: “Rebalancing the U.S. Economy in a Post-Crisis World” Asian Development Bank Institute (2010), “Accounting for Growth: Comparing China and India,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, (2008), “The Empirics of Growth: An Update,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, (2003)co-authored with Barry Bosworthand “Minority Groups in the Economics Profession,” Journal of Economic Perspectives (2000). She edited or co-edited the annual Brookings Trade Forum from 1999 to 2007, including Foreign Direct Investment (2007), Global Labor Markets? (2006) and Offshoring White-Collar Work (2005).

Dean Collins is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (she previously served as a director of the Detroit branch), a nonresident senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at Brookings, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and recently completed a two-year term as President of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Before coming to Michigan, she held positions as a professor of economics at Georgetown University, an associate professor of economics at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. She served as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 1989-90. Among other activities, she served as a member of the American Economic Association’s (AEA) Executive Committee during 2005-08 and chaired the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups during 1994-98. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from Harvard University in 1980, and her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. Harvard University