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Emily Chamlee-Wright

Provost and Dean of the College

Emily Chamlee-Wright became Washington College’s new Provost and Dean, effective July 1, 2012.

Dr. Chamlee-Wright comes to Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from Beloit College in Wisconsin where, as the Associate Dean, she was responsible for academic summer programs, faculty development, and advancement of the performing arts, as well as budget analysis for academic affairs. She began her teaching career at Beloit in 1993 and after a series of promotions was awarded an endowed professorship, the Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics, in 2007. She also directed Beloit’s Miller Upton Programs on the Wealth and Well-being of Nations.

An economist by training, Dr. Chamlee-Wright earned her Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she also received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Her academic research combines her expertise in economics with her skills as an ethnographer, focusing on the interplay of cultural and economic processes. In recent years she has examined how communities rebound—or fail to rebound—in the aftermath of catastrophic disaster, with particular emphasis on post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans. In addition to her work in on the Gulf Coast, she has conducted field research among female entrepreneurs in Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Chamlee-Wright is the author of three books: The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment (Routledge 2010), Culture and Enterprise: The Development, Representation, and Morality of Business, with Don Lavoie (Routledge 2000), and The Cultural Foundations of Economic Development (Routledge 1997). She is also co-editor of The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Development (Edward Elgar 2010). She is currently developing a book project on the role of liberal arts colleges in civil society, called Civil Society Incubators: Liberal Learning and the Art of Self-Governance.