Professor Elissa Braunstein joined the CSU faculty in 2005 and was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor. She specializes in international macroeconomics, economic development and the economics of gender. Professor Braunstein has published two books and twenty articles and book chapters on topics such as the Chinese economy, the gendered impact of macroeconomic policy, and foreign direct investment.

She is an enthusiastic and demanding teacher who gets her students to question the assumptions of traditional economics and to think critically about the big questions facing the global economy. She has worked extensively with the United Nations and other international aid and labor rights organizations. She earned her doctorate in Economics at the University of Massachusetts in 2000, and her masters’ degree in Pacific International Affairs in 1992.