Faculty & Staff

Yasmeen Mohiuddin

Ralph Owen Distinguished Professor of Economics
B.A., M.A., Karachi University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


A member of the Sewanee faculty since 1981, Yasmeen Mohiuddin did her undergraduate studies at Karachi University in Pakistan, and earned her M.A. and doctorate at Vanderbilt University supported by a Ford Foundation Fellowship. She was the first woman in Pakistan with a Ph.D. in economics.

She teaches courses on economic development, economics of gender, macroeconomics, microfinance and social entrepreneurship in the economics department as well as several interdisciplinary programs. She has published articles on gender gaps, informal sector employment, poverty, and microfinance. She was Associate Executive Editor of The Journal of Asian Economics, 1989-2002. Her book, “Pakistan: A Global Studies Handbook” was published by ABC-CLIO in 2007. She initiated and directs the study abroad programs to China and to Bangladesh, and the Social Entrepreneurship Education (SEED) Program. In 2003 she was the first Sewanee faculty member to offer a service-learning course on microfinance. She served as Department Chair, 1997-2002. She worked as a consultant to the World Bank, USAID, and several United Nations agencies from 1989-2000. She has evaluated development projects and country programs on missions to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Turkey, Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Yemen. She co-authored several reports including Strategy Reports of the World Bank on "Women in Pakistan" and “Women in Turkey". She has served on the Board of Directors of community development organizations in Tennessee and was the gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, 2001-06. In October 2010, she was included in the Smithsonian traveling exhibit about “Work.”