Ann R. Markusen

Director, Project on Regional and Industrial Economics
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ann Markusen is an economist and Professor and Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Via PRIE’s Arts Economy Initiative, launched in 2002, Ann and her associates have produced a number of new artist-centered studies: San Jose Artists’ Resource and Space Study (2008), Leveraging Investments in Creativity Artist Data User Guide (2008), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Sectors (2006), Artists’ Centers (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003), as well as a dozen articles and book chapters. She has also presented keynotes and papers nationally and in Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Germany, France and the UK, for both scholarly and public audiences.

Ann’s work in economic development includes From Defense to Development: International Perspectives on Realizing the Peace Dividend (Routledge, 2003). America’s Peace Dividend: Essays on the Achievements of the 1990s and the Challenges Ahead (Columbia International Affairs On-line, 2000); Second Tier Cities (University of Minnesota, 1999), Arming the Future: A Defense Industry for the Twenty-first Century (Council on Foreign Relations, 1999), Trading Industries, Trading Regions (Guilford, 1993), Dismantling the Cold War Economy (Basic Books 1992), The Rise of the Gunbelt (Oxford 1991), Regions: the Economics and Politics of Territory (Rowman and Allenheld 1987), High Tech America (Unwin Hyman 1986) and Profit Cycles, Oligopoly and Regional Development (MIT Press 1985) as well as more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Ann has contributed op-eds and shorter articles to publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, and The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.

Ann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and her MA and PhD in economics at Michigan State University and has held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern and Rutgers Universities. Ann won the 2006 Alonso Prize in Regional Science, the 2005 Margarita McCoy Award in Urban and Regional Planning, the 1996 Walter Isard Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Regional Science and the 1992 and 1998 Chester Rapkin award for the best article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. Ann served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1995-2002), as a member of the Presidential Commission on Arms Trade Offsets (2000-01), as Member and Chair of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994-2000) and as President of the North American Regional Science Association (2000). She was a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow (1976-77), a Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil (1983), a Public Policy Institute of California Visiting Fellow (2002), a Visiting Fellow at the University of Dortmund, Germany (1997) and in the past two years, Visiting Chair/Faculty/Scholar at UCLA, Cornell University, Korea University and Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.