Professor Melissa Kearney has been named Neil Moskowitz Professor, beginning this semester. Professor Kearney is one of the most distinguished members of our Department, and the Department is proud to recognize her achievements with this honor.
In 1994, alumnus Neil Moskowitz established the Martin Moskowitz Award Fund in memory of his father, who was a lawyer with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This award provides annual support to a student enrolled in our Department. In 2010, Neil created three new funds including the Hilda Moskowitz Graduate Fellowship in Economics, the Moskowitz Family Scholarship Award in Economics, and the Neil Moskowitz Professorship. We are deeply grateful to Neil Moskowitz for his steadfast support of our Department.
The inaugural recipients of the Neil Moskowitz Endowed Professorship in Economics named in 2011 were Allan Drazen and Enrique Mendoza. The intention is to rotate the professorship among faculty. In 2015, Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan succeeded Enrique Mendoza in this honor. And now, Melissa Kearney will succeed Allan Drazen in holding this title.
Professor Kearney’s research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality. She served for two years as the Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. She is a member of the board of the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO); a scholar affiliate of the MIT Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and co-chair of the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative.
Congratulations to Professor Kearney on this honor!