Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Meeting our faculty: Prof. Plummer

Michael Plummer is a resident faculty member at SAIS Bologna and does some heavy lifting in the Economics Department.

Many incoming students this year will be studying Microeconomics with him in Pre-term. In the fall semester he'll be teaching both International Trade and International Monetary Theory. Then in the spring, in addition to Trade he'll be teaching Asian Economic Development.

Prof. Plummer studied at SAIS Bologna before getting his Ph.D at Michigan State University. In May he spoke to us about his latest publication, the Oxford Handbook of International Commercial Policy.

Last but certainly not least, you can hear his drumming with the BC Fuzz band in this slideshow on the end-of-year ceremony in May.

What courses are you teaching?
International Trade Theory, International Monetary Theory, Asian Economic Development, Microeconomics.

Your degrees?
Ph.D and MA from Michigan State University; Bologna Center Diploma from the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center; BA, University of Michigan.

Where have you taught?
I have been a professor at many universities. However, before coming to SAIS I was at Brandeis University for 8 years. In terms of visiting/one-year or more appointments, I’ve taught at Kobe University (Japan), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Albion College. Universities where I’ve taught 1 or more courses:  Sciences Po (Paris), Bocconi University, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, University of Bologna (Bologna and Forlì campuses), Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Doshisha University, University of Milano-Politecnico, University of Carlo Cattaneo, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, and Michigan State University.

How long have you been teaching at SAIS Bologna?
12 years, with a two-year leave as Head of the Development Division of the OECD.

A link to a recent publication by you?

Anything special about SAIS Bologna?
Great interaction between students and faculty; great colleagues; wonderful academic environment.

Anything special about Bologna?
La dotta, la grassa e la rossa (bricks, that is; not politics).

Your favorite book?
Too many to single out one.

Running, music.

A quote?
"In the long run, we are all dead."