Francisco Rodriguez has joined the Economics Department and Latin American
Studies Department as an assistant professor.
accepted the position because of the “intellectual freedom and environment
of a liberal arts institution, as well as the high quality and openness of
both the Economics and Latin American Studies departments,” he says.
Rodriguez’s research examines economic growth in developing countries and
the interaction between inequality, distributive conflict and economic
be teaching classes on international trade, economics of Latin America and
economic and societal collapses.
received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Católica
Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and his master’s in
economics from Harvard
University. He earned his Ph.D from Harvard with a thesis titled “Essays on
the Political Economy of Redistribution and Growth.”
Rodriguez most recently completed a visiting fellowship at the Kellogg
Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Between
2000 and 2004, Rodriguez was the chief economist of the Venezuelan National
Assembly. Before that, he had worked as an assistant professor in the
Economics Department of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Rodriguez is the co-author of “The Political Economy of Investment in Human
Capital,” which is forthcoming in the Economics of Governance and
“Inequality, Redistribution and Rent-Seeking,” published in Economics and
Politics, November 2004.
wife, María Eugenia, is a Ph.D candidate in marketing at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst. He has a step-daughter, Celeste, 12, and a Siamese
cat named Shalimar.
Rodriguez’s interests include reading narrative literature. Among his
favorite authors are Gunter Grass of Germany, Alejo Carpentier of Cuba,
Alberto Fuguet of Chile and Gao Xingjian of China.