Susan M. Collins is the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a professor of public policy and economics. She began her deanship in August 2007, was reappointed to a second term in 2012, and will step down from the deanship, after ten productive years, on June 30. Before coming to Michigan, Collins was a professor of economics at Georgetown University and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where she retains a nonresident affiliation. She is an international economist whose research interests focus on the implications of increasing international economic integration and the determinants of economic growth in industrial, emerging market, and developing countries. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She served a term as president of the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) from 2013-2015 and, earlier in her career, as a senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Collins received her bachelor's degree summa cum laude in economics from Harvard University and her doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Georgetown University, an associate professor of economics at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. She served as a senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers during 1989-90. Among other activities, she was an elected member of the American Economic Association's (AEA) Executive Committee during 2005-08 and chaired the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups during 1994-98.
She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from Harvard University in 1980, and her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.