Croson kicks off new lecture series on women in academia

“The Status of Women in Academia” will be the topic of one of two lectures when Rachel T. A. Croson, Ph.D., visits the Danforth Campus Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, in a new series launched by the Center for Research in Economics and Strategy (CRES) at the Olin Business School.


The “Distinguished Women in Economics and Strategy” series will host two senior scholars each year and target a wide audience from many disciplines, said Glenn MacDonald, Ph.D., the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics & Strategy and CRES director.

“My hope is to expand the resources available to my female colleagues at Olin, and so to contribute to their success,” MacDonald said.

“I also hope to augment the contributions Olin Business School makes to the community of scholars at Washington University and expose some distinguished external faculty to the University,” MacDonald said.

Anne Marie Knott, Ph.D., associate professor of strategy, is enthusiastic about the series and inaugural speaker Croson, who is professor of economics and director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Croson’s lectures will appeal to women in many different areas of study, Knott said. “While her training is in economics, her work spans and is published in law, psychology, political science, operations, ethics and organizational behavior,” Knott said.

Croson earned a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. Her research uses experimental and behavioral economics to investigate how individuals act in strategic situations. She has studied decisions in bargaining and negotiation, public goods provision and charitable giving, risk-taking and gambling, trust, alliances and inventory management, among other areas.

Croson will lecture first on “Trust and Trustworthiness: An Experimental Approach” at 4 p.m. April 14 in Simon Hall, Room 106. A reception will follow in the Lopata courtyard.

This presentation describes a series of experiments examining trust and trustworthiness in different countries, with different levels of social distance, and among men and women.

At 8:30 a.m. April 15, also in Simon Hall, Room 106, Croson will deliver her talk on women in academia. A reception will immediately follow.

This talk will examine the progress and pitfalls of women in the academic world; the psychological literature on subtle bias that demonstrates how men and women are evaluated differently in hiring, promotion and tenure decisions; and programs designed to address these inequalities.

Both lectures are open the WUSTL community; reservations are required. R.S.V.P. to Sandy Vaughn at or 935-6707.