Advisory Committee


Associate Professor
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Maximilian Auffhammer is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in International Area Studies and Agricultural and Resource Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. His research interests involve environmental economics and econometrics. He teaches intermediate microeconomic theory in the International Area Studies Program and graduate econometrics in ARE. Professor Auffhammer's current research projects focus on forecasting Greenhouse gas emissions as well as studying the impacts of air pollution on agriculture.Read more
Professor; Dean of Arts and Humanities
Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese, and Rhetoric
Tony Cascardi is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish and Portuguese; he received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1980 and is General Editor of the Penn State Studies in Literature and Philosophy. His research interests include: the relations between literature and philosophy; aesthetic theory; and early modern Europe. His publications include Consequences of Enlightenment and The Cambridge Companion to Cervantes .Read more
Jan de Vries is a Professor of History and Economics at U.C. Berkeley. A faculty member since 1973, de Vries is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of European History. De Vries is an expert in European economic history, early modern European history, demographic history, and Dutch history. He co-edited the five volumes of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (Oxford University Press, 2003), and authored "The Dutch Atlantic Economies” in The Atlantic Economy of the Eighteenth Century (University of South Carolina Press).Read more
Assistant Professor
Political Science
Alison Post is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies at U.C. Berkeley, focusing on urban and regional development. Her research examines the politics of regulating urban infrastructure and utilities investment in Latin America. Her doctoral dissertation, “Liquid Assets and Fluid Contracts: Explaining the Uneven Effects of Water and Sanitation Privatization,” won the 2009 William Anderson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state or local politics.Read more