Rachel T. A. Croson

Rachel T. A. Croson
  • Dean, Social Science
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Economics


Rachel T. A. Croson, professor of economics, is also dean of the College of Social Science. Her research focuses on experimental and behavioral economics, investigating how people make a variety of economic decisions. Her research draws on and contributes to multiple disciplines, and has been published in academic journals in economics, business, political science and sociology.

Dr. Croson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in economics and philosophy, and a minor in political science. She earned her doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Previously, she served as dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, professor and director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas and associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Between 2010 and 2012 she served two years as the National Science Foundation’s division director for Social and Economic Sciences. She has held a number of professional leadership roles, including serving on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, where she was pivotal in developing and running mentoring workshops for female junior faculty.