B.A., Oberlin College; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University
Akila WeerapanaAssociate Professor of Economics
Interested in macroeconomics, particularly international economics, the economics of conflict, and monetary economics.
My published work is in the areas of international economics, the economics of conflict, and the political economy. My dissertation research focused on monetary policy and my interest in the area remains inversely proportional to my publishing success.
I have taught classes in macroeconomics and international economics at all levels of the curriculum. I am most fond of teaching introductory macroeconomics, and have spent a lot of time in the last few years working on a co-authored textbook on macroeconomic principles. During my time at Wellesley, I have also had the pleasure of working with many thesis students, always on a topic of their interest.
I enjoy reading academic research in many areas of economics but I am partial to macroeconomics. The breadth of my interests is both my best attribute and my worst attribute as an economist.
I have two little children who always let me revise and resubmit my work no matter how unsatisfactory the initial efforts have been.