The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to announce that Janet M. Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and the director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW), has been named chair of Princeton University’s Department of Economics.
Currie is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She was elected vice president of the American Economics Association in 2010 and will serve as incoming president of the Society of Labor Economics.
Currie received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton and said she’s excited about her new role.
“As a Princeton alumna, I am honored to have this chance to ‘give back’ to the department,” Currie said. “I am sure it will be challenging, but going forward we are fortunate to be starting from an excellent place given [former department chair] Gene Grossman’s dedicated leadership over the past few years.”
Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Wilson School, said Currie is deserving of the appointment.
“We are so proud that Janet has been named chair of the economics department,” Rouse said. “Her academic success in economics, coupled with her keen understanding about how economics affects policy, will make her a strong chair.”
Currie will remain a professor at the Wilson School and director of CHW in her new role.