Harvard Professor to talk on globalization and regional economic divides

By Tom McGuire, Director of Communications and Media Relations

Bloomsburg University welcomes Harvard University professor Dr. Gordon Hanson for its Fall 2021 Economic Lecture Series. Hanson will speak on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, about "Globalization and Regional Economic Divides." The lecture is free and open to the public. Masks must be worn inside all university buildings

Dr. Hanson is the Peter Wertheim Professor of Urban Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He teaches courses on urban economic policy, state and local economic development, and the causes and consequences of inequality. His lecture will focus on the economic differences that divide U.S. communities and how to close those divisions.

Prior to joining Harvard in 2020, he held the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at U.C. San Diego, where he was founding director of the Center on Global Transformation. Hanson previously served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.

Hanson specializes in international trade, international migration, and economic geography. He has published extensively in top economics journals, is widely cited for his research by scholars from the social sciences, and is frequently quoted in major media outlets. Hanson's current research addresses how globalization in the form of immigration and expanded trade with China have affected U.S. local labor markets. He is also working with a multidisciplinary team of scholars to use satellite imagery to assess the impacts of expanding transportation networks, exposure to extreme weather, and related events on urban economic activity.

For more information about the lectures, contact Mehdi Haririan, professor of economics, at 570-389-4682.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 7,800 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.