Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.  She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development and Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report.  She was also a National Fellow at Stanford University.  Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets.  Dr. Cook is the author of a many published articles, book chapters, and working papers, and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.  She is currently president of the National Economic Association and Co-Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training Program.  She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the advisory boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and on the board of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan.  From 2011 to 2012, she was at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, and innovation. She is a regular contributor on MSNBC.  She speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.