Dr. Jens P. Christiansen

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer
Field of Specialization: Economics
Name: Dr. Jens P. Christiansen
Official Address and Designation: Professor
and Chair Mount Holyoke College
Department of Economics
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Lady Shri Ram College
University of Delhi, Delhi
Duration of Grant: 6 months
October 2011
Brief Bio:
Professor Jens Christiansen is currently a Professor at the department of economics, Mount Holyoke College. Professor Christiansen earned his Ph.D. in the field economics from the Stanford University. He has taught economics at Stanford, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Yale University, and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He has published articles on subjects such as unemployment, labor relations, and productivity growth in advanced industrial countries, and on child labor, the employment of women, and the transition to factory production in U.S. economic history. He also co-edited two books, "Towards New Developmentalism: Market as Means rather than Master", Routledge 2010, and "Working Europe: Reshaping European Employment Systems, Ashgate 1999". Professor Christiansen has a keen interest in ecological issues and is actively involved in Mount Holyoke's Environmental Studies program, of which he is a founding member. In research and teaching, he has focused on questions of economic growth and development and ecological sustainability, and in particular on the political economy of global climate change. In recent years, he has explored these pressing issues in the broader context confronting the global economy, such as financial imbalances, ecological threats, and issues concerning economic and social inequalities. Throughout his academic career, Professor Christiansen has been committed to and actively engaged in the education of women. He considers this to be one of the most significant tasks facing the global community when it comes to effecting fundamental change towards a better future.
As an economist with an expertise on the performance of the US and European economies and a professor with a thirty-year experience of teaching at a women's college, Prof. Christiansen will be teaching courses on the global economy at the Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. He will specifically emphasize India's role as one of the most important and influential members of the G-20, currently emerging as the central institution dominating the governance of the global economy. His lectures and seminars will be in the context of the two major trends that potentially threaten our common future: rising socioeconomic inequality and increasing ecological degradation.