Professor Elizabeth Asiedu

Elizabeth Asiedu is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas. She was Associate Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies of the Economics Department from 2007-2009. She is also the President and founder of the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE), editor of the Journal of African Development (JAD) and former President of the African Finance Economic Association (AFEA). Dr. Asiedu received her B.S. (Hons) in Computer Science and Math from the University of Ghana, M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and PhD in Economics also from UIUC.

She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Development and International Economics. She has received several teaching/mentoring awards at the University of Kansas, including The Outstanding Woman Educator Award, Kemper Teaching Award, Byron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Woman of Distinction Award. Dr. Asiedu’s research focuses on Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Aid and Gender. Her research has received both national and international prominence. In 2007, she was one of ten recipients of Emerging Scholar Award - a nation-wide award that honors minority faculty in the US. Her work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including The American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Economic Theory, Journal of International Economics, and The Review of Economics and Statistics. Her work is also cited in several international publications, including The Report of the Commission for Africa (The Tony Blair Report) presented at the G8 Summit in 2005. She has consulted for many international organizations, including The United Nations University/World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), International Labor Organization (ILO), The African Development Bank and The Global Development Network.