About the Dean
A distinguished economist and academic administrator, Jorge Gonzalez became Occidental College's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in August, 2010.
Previously a member of the Trinity University faculty for 21 years, Gonzalez served as chair of the economics department for nine years and special assistant to the president since 2008. In those positions, he played an important role in the internationalization of the curriculum, the creation of faculty-led study abroad experiences, the development of an open access policy for faculty scholarship, and the implementation of new interdisciplinary initiatives. He served as an American Council on Education fellow at Pomona College in 2007-08.
A graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, Gonzalez earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University. He has published extensively on such topics as foreign investment, undocumented immigration, international trade in the Americas, the Mexican financial system, and the political economy of U.S. trade and immigration legislation. A winner of Trinity's top teaching award, he has taught courses in micro- and macroeconomics, international trade, and the economies of Mexico and Spain.
Gonzalez has presented his research findings at professional conferences in North, Central, and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is often invited to speak to companies, organizations, and community groups about the Mexican economy, and is frequently sought out for media interviews. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Trade and Finance Association.
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