Economist Christina Paxson, President-Elect

Christina Paxson is the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and the Hughes Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. She is the founder of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary health research center in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She served as its director from its inception to July 2009 when she was appointed to serve as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she is a member of the programs on Aging, Health, and Children; a Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development; and a Research Associate of Princeton’s Office of Population Research. Her research is on health, economic development and public policy, with a current focus on economic status and health outcomes over the life course in both developed and developing countries. She has been the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded studies, including "Economic Status, Public Policy, and Child Neglect," "Parental Resources and Child Wellbeing," "College Education and Health,” “Adversity and Resilience After Hurricane Katrina,” and was the founding director of an NIA Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging at Princeton. She is a member of the Scientific Oversight Group for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a member of the advisory committee on early childhood development of the Inter-American Development Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of MDRC, and chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Care Strategies. She is currently a vice president of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1982, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1987.