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Wed, 12.18.1963

Cecilia Rouse, Economist born

Cecilia Rouse

*Cecilia Rouse was born on this date in 1963.  She is a Black, University administrator and economist.

Cecilia Elena Rouse grew up in Del Mar, California. She has two siblings: Forest Rouse, a physicist, and Carolyn Rouse, an anthropologist, and professor at Princeton University. Her father is a research physicist who received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1956. Her mother worked as a school psychologist.

Rouse received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1992.  After earning her doctorate, Rouse joined the faculty at Princeton University.  Rouse served as a member of President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011. Before serving in the Obama Administration, Rouse served in the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 1999.  She has two daughters.

Her husband is Ford Morrison, son of author Toni Morrison.   Rouse is the Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and senior editor of The Future of Children.

She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds, and an Advisory Board Member of the T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds.  Rouse signed a 2018 amici curiae brief that expressed support for Harvard University in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard lawsuit. Other signatories included Alan B. Krueger, Robert M. Solow, George A. Akerlof, Janet Yellen, as well as numerous others. In 2020, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden nominated Rouse to become Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.  

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