print header

Dr. Rose-Marie Avin

Professor of Economics
Women's Studies Program Director
Office: SSS 473
Phone: (715) 836-4513

Women's Studies Oral History Project: Presentation and Profile (leaving Economics Website)Dr. Rose-Marie Avin

Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Econ 355.001 Economic Development
     TuTh 12:30-1:45 CEN 2924


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1986
  • B.B.A., Baruch College, City University of New York, Summa Cum Laude, 1978

Short Bio:

I am originally from Haiti and I have been teaching in the Department of Economics at UWEC since the fall of 1987. I teach courses on the economies of the developing world (Econ 355), the economies of Latin America (Econ 356), and women in the developing world (Econ/Wmns 357).

In my research, I focus primarily on women in the developing world, especially Nicaragua. I have written articles on gender issues in the developing world, more specifically on economic restructuring, the empowerment of Nicaraguan women, free-trade zones, female entrepreneurs in Vietnam and the role of international organizations in economic development. I enjoy conducting research with our students. To that end, I received two grants from the International Fellowship Program (IFP) to conduct research abroad with our undergraduates. I travelled to Nicaragua with one student to conduct research on the women working in the free trade zone. For the second grant, I travelled to Vietnam with 2 students to conduct research on female entrepreneurs.

I have the honor to have been the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Awards: one to Brazil in 2000 and the second one to India in 2005. Although I have conducted research and led many study abroad programs in developing countries, the countries that I have studied in more depth include Argentina, Nicaragua and Vietnam.

Awards and Honors:

  • Excellence in Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2007
  • 2005 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled "Women in Contemporary India," July 25-August 5, India
  • UW System Women of Color in Education Award, April 2005
  • 2000 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled "Brazil 500 Years: Crossing Boundaries from Cabral to the Third Millennium, Brazil, July 8-August 12
  • Honorary member of  Delta Psi, Spanish Honor Society at UWEC, 1998

Organization Memberships:

  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW-Milwaukee
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)
  • International Association for Feminist Economists (IAFFE)
  • Midwest Economics Association (MEA)
  • North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA)

International Experiences:

  • Spring 2011, Co-leader of TIES Program, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Summer 2011, Summer 2009, Resident Director, WMNS Study Abroad Program entitled "Women's Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua"
  • Sabbatical in Vietnam, 2007 Spring Semester
  • January 2005 and March 2008, Guest Lecturer at the Vietnamese National University (VNU) in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the exchange program that UWEC has with the faculty of Economics at VNU
  • Study tours of Nicaragua in 1989-1992, 1996, 1999, 2001
  • Resident Director, Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica, Fall 1998
  • Sabbatical in Spain, 1993-1994 Academic Year
  • Visiting Professor, Technological Institute of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, Summer 1989

Classes Taught:

  • Econ 103 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • Econ 104 - Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • Econ 337 - Women and the Labor Market
  • Econ 341 - Evolution of Economic Systems
  • Econ 351 - International Economics
  • Econ 355 - Economic Development
  • Econ 356 - Economic Development of Latin America
  • Econ/Wmns 357/557 - Women and Economic Development