Gund Fellow, Professor, Department of Economics

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA and Research Associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D. from American University, she served as economist in Haiti for several years in the pre- and post-Baby Doc era. Her current research explores the relationship between intergroup inequality by class, race, and gender, on the one hand and economic growth and development, on the other.

Locally, she has collaborated with Nancy Brooks, Cornell University, to analyze racial disparities in Vermont traffic policing. More broadly, her work explores the issue of social sustainability and the economics of stratification. She is an instructor in the African Program for Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) in South Africa, Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and a member of the editorial board of Review of Keynesian Economics, as well as past president of International Association for Feminist Economics. She has consulted with a wide variety of international organizations, including the UNDP, UNRISD, UNCTAD, World Bank, AFL-CIO, USAID, and African Development Bank.

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Research and/or Creative Works

  • Her ​​research explores a critical question that became salient as a consequence of the four years she spent doing research in Haiti: "Is equity with growth possible? If so, what are the conditions under which that happy outcome might occur?"
  • In addition to analyzing the effects of inequality on growth, she has investigated the impact of various aspects of globalization on well-being and intergroup disparity. A recent project she has undertaken is to consider why researchers investigating the effects of inequality on growth obtain such different and indeed contradictory results. She argues that the measure of inequality matters: household distribution of income has different effects on growth than, for example, gender or ethnic wage inequality because they operate via differing macroeconomic pathways.
  • Over the past several years, she has worked with a number of international organizations and research groups: U.S. Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and the World Bank. She is a member of the Engendering Macroeconomics and International Trade Project (GEM-IWG), funded by the Ford Foundation, and have taught in their international Knowledge Networking Project at the University of Utah. She is also a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Recent research papers

Seguino. S. and N. Brooks. 2017. "Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont." Gund Institute, University of Vermont and Cornell University. 

Seguino, S. and N. Brooks. 2016. "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Traffic Stops: Analysis of Vermont State Police Data 2010-15. University of Vermont and Cornell University.

Seguino, S. and N. Brooks. 2016. “An Analysis of Racial Disparities in Traffic Policing: Burlington Police Department 2012-15.” University of Vermont and Cornell University.

Seguino, S. 2016.  “Global Trends in Gender Equality.” Journal of African Development 18: 1-30. 

Seguino, S. 2015.  “Financing for Gender Equality in the Context of the SDGs.” Background paper, UN Women, Report of the Expert Group Meeting for CSW60 on Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development.

Seguino, S. 2015. “Macroeconomic Policy in Times of Slow Growth and Crisis.” Policy Brief Prepared for Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), Pretoria, South Africa.

Seguino, S. and J. Heintz. 2012. “Monetary Tightening and the Dynamics of Race and Gender Stratification in the US.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 71(3): 603–638.

Seguino, S. 2012. “Macroeconomics, Human Development, and Distribution.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 13(1): 59–83.

Seguino, S. 2011. “Help or Hindrance? Religion’s Impact on Gender Inequality in Attitudes and Outcomes.” World Development 39(8): 1308–1321.



Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Macroeconomics and development


  • PhD Economics, The American University
  • MA, Economics, University of Maine
  • BA, International Affairs and Political Science, University of Maine


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