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Cecilia Conrad Named Associate Dean at Pomona College

Cecilia Conrad has been named an associate dean of Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges. During her three-year term, from 2004 to 2007, her responsibilities include managing internal grant funds, helping faculty obtain external grants, space planning and serving as liaison to Campus Planning.

A member of the Pomona College faculty since 1995, Conrad is the Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics at Pomona and teaches courses on Applied Regression Analysis, Race and the U.S. Economy, Poverty and the Distribution of Income, Urban Economics, Microeconomic Principles and Advanced Microeconomic Analysis.

In 2002, Conrad was recognized as California’s Carnegie Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award in higher education that recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors who excel as teachers and mentors. The award is made by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the world's largest international association of educational institutions. The same year, she also received a Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, by a vote of Pomona’s junior and senior classes.

Outside the classroom, Conrad focuses her research on the impact of race and gender on economic status in the United States. Following Pomona tradition, students often assist in her research work. Conrad is the editor of Building Skills for Black Workers: Preparing for the Future Labor Market (2004) and a co-editor of the forthcoming African Americans in the U.S. Economy (January 2005). Her recent publications also include the chapters “The Economic Vulnerability of Blacks and Hispanics, 1980-2001” in Strengthening Community Social Insurance in a Diverse America (2004), “Econometrics and Postcolonial Theory: A Comment on the Fluidity of Race” in Postcolonialism Meets Economic Theory (2003) and “Racial Trends in Labor Market Access and Wages: Women” in America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences (National Academy Press, 2001). She is editor of The Review of Black Political Economy and an associate editor of the journal Feminist Economics. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Economic Education, her discipline’s leading journal of pedagogy.

A former president of the National Economics Association, Conrad is currently member of the prestigious MacArthur Research Network on Family and the Economy, a member of the economics board of Black Enterprise Magazine and the director of the American Economics Association’s pipeline project to increase the number of minority doctorate holders in economics. For many years, she was a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Education. She has also written questions for the Educational Testing Service’s major field test.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.