Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession

CSWEP is a standing committee of the American Economic Association charged with promoting the careers and monitoring the progress of women economists in academia, government agencies and elsewhere. Learn more about CSWEP.

CSWEP Chair and Board

The CSWEP Chair is Anusha Chari, Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  View the full list of current CSWEP Board Members.

Upcoming News, Events, and Deadlines

  • Call for Applications: The CeMENT workshops application portal is now OPEN! CSWEP will host two CeMENT Workshops for junior faculty in North American institutions following the 2025 ASSA meetings in San Francisco: one for junior faculty in Ph.D. granting institutions and one for junior faculty in non-Ph.D. granting institutions.  Each workshop mentors women and non-binary junior faculty in tenure-track positions in economics departments or at other institutions with similar research, teaching, and service expectations. Applications are due August 15, 2024. For more information, click here
  • Call for Nominations for the CSWEP Carolyn Shaw Bell Award is now open! The Carolyn Shaw Bell Award (“Bell Award”) is given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession, through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession, or mentoring others. For the award details and how to nominate a scholar, click here.  Nominations are due by September 24, 2024.
  • Call for Nominations for the CSWEP Elaine Bennett Research Prize is now open! Established in 1998, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize is awarded annually to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman not more than ten years beyond her PhD (adjusted for family responsibilities). For award details and how to nominate a scholar, click here.  Nominations are due by September 24, 2024.
  • CSWEP sponsored sessions at the 2024 Western Economic Association International (WEAI) conference on June 29th-July 3rd, 2024, in Seattle, Washington. To view the sessions CSWEP organized, click here.
  • The 2024 CSWEP News Issue II: Tenured Women Faculty Leaving Academia by Ina Ganguli and Anna Paulson is now available! 
  • The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) is hosting its 2024 event in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand on December 12-14, 2024. The organizing committee is inviting submissions on any topic related to labour and applied economics by July 14, 2024. All presented papers will have the opportunity to be submitted to a special conference issue of Labor Economics. The three-day conference includes parallel sessions as well as keynote and invited lectures. For more information, including how to submit, please visit the conference website.

Award Winners

Kaye Husbands Fealing, 2023 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award Recipient

Kaye Husbands Fealing, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Professor of Public Policy, is the 2023 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award recipient. Her exemplary career demonstrates her versatility as an economist, academic leader, and champion of diversity in STEM fields.

Dr. Husbands Fealing earned her BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research has encompassed the study of the science of science and innovation policy, the public value of research expenditures, and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields and the STEM workforce. A collaborative scholar, her study on gender pay gaps in U.S. Federal science agencies exemplifies her dedication to addressing disparities in the workforce. She has served on the faculties of Williams College and the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she garnered numerous accolades, including Teacher of the Year awards. She also served as the Economics Program Director at the National Science Foundation, where she spearheaded the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and co-chaired the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group. Dr. Husbands Fealing is an Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has served on the board of CSWEP and as president of the National Economics Association. In addition to these structural roles, Dr. Husbands Fealing has personally mentored numerous economists. The letters received in support of this award contain many examples of Dr. Husbands Fealing's generosity with her time and wise advice.

Dr. Husbands Fealing's multifaceted career is one of dedication and excellence, showcasing her unwavering commitment to advancing the fields of economics and science while advocating for greater inclusivity. Her journey, marked by significant milestones, inspires those who strive to make a meaningful impact in academia and public service.

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Maya Rossin-Slater, 2023 Elaine Bennett Research Prize RecipientMaya Rossin-Slater, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, is the recipient of the 2023 Elaine Bennett Research Prize. Established in 1998, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize is awarded annually to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman not more than ten years beyond her Ph.D. (adjusted for family responsibilities).

Her research centers on understanding the causal impacts of public policies and other factors on the well-being of families with children, focusing on identifying what works to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged populations and reduce socioeconomic inequality and health disparities. Her work has analyzed the effects of US social safety net programs—including Food Stamps, WIC, and Medicaid—on various measures of early-life and long-term health and economic success, underscoring how these programs can be regarded as investments into the next generation. She has also studied the role of environmental factors, such as air pollution and extreme temperature, in shaping individuals’ later labor market outcomes, highlighting how environmental policy and climate change can influence human capital. Her research on paid family leave has provided evidence of the benefits of this policy for workers and their families and shown that these benefits appear to accrue without significant burden to employers. Her work on school shootings has shown the lasting adverse impacts of these events on the mental health, educational, and later economic outcomes of surviving students, emphasizing the persistent cost that gun violence imposes on the hundreds of thousands of American children who have experienced it at their schools. Professor Rossin-Slater is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and is the Principal Investigator on several grants from the National Institutes of Health. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2013 and her BA in Economics and Statistics from UC Berkeley in 2008.

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