Shulamit Kahn has been at Boston University’s School of Management since 1987. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in Economics in 1983, and taught at the University of California, Irvine in the intervening years. Her specialty is labor economics and human resources. Her recent and ongoing research revolves around two major topics. The first is the careers of male and female academics in science. Her present work in this area [joint with Donna Ginther] concentrates on academic careers in biomedicine and is being funded by National Institute on Aging of the NIH.
In another stream of current research joint with Megan MacGarvie , Professor Kahn is studying the contributions of foreign Ph.D. students to global knowledge creation and diffusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, has been presented at universities and conferences around the world.
As part of her recent service to the University, she served on the BU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Search Committee and the BU Law School Dean Search Committee. In service related to women in academia, she sat on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, was Chair of the Boston University Faculty Council’s Committee on Diversity, and was a co-author of “Major Findings of the 2006 Survey on Equity and Diversity at Boston University.”
She is currently teaching primarily undergraduates and is coordinator for a core SMG course on statistics/economics
Ph D, MIT, Economics, 1983.
Economic Explanations for Gender Differences in Biomedical Careers, National Institutes of Health. (September 15, 2009 - Present).
Review and give advice about all SMG policy changes being proposed that affect the faculty or curriculum. Also, identify and initiate faculty policy changes.
Member of Active Board of Directors of Kenyan vocational Program. Spearhead fundraising; write grants; develop strategy; etc.
This is both a service and teaching responsibility. Responsibilities include staffing with faculty and TAs, coordinating teaching staff, heavily editing 200 page printed classnotes that we as a teaching team have prepared, preparing weekly problem sets and problem set answers as well as writing and/or heavily editing tests,finding rooms for tests, etc. I do this one semester a year, Prof M. MacGarvie the other semester.
Mentor/Facilitator for RCR Sessions for BU Graduate Students; Attend meetings of Committee to help design and implement Education program for Ethical Conduct or Research.
Attended meetings of Faculty Council Budget Committee and University Council Budget Committee in 2013 and previously.
Reviewed more than 30 applications for AAUW International Fellowships Program each year; Coordinated with others on ranking and awards.
Was a member of a review Panel at the NIH on March 26, 2012. Read, summarized, and scored grant applications then met with committee at NIH in DC to score grants.
Academic, National Academies of Science, Washington D.C. (January 14, 2014 - Present).
Analyzing data on careers of engineering majors to help understand and plan future national supply of engineers.
Kahn, S., American Economic Journal -- Applied Economics, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Abstracts, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.). (February 9, 2014 - Present).
refereeing article for possible publication