Teaching International speaker to present on Gender & Economic Reform in China

As part of Teaching International, guest speaker, Gale Summerfield, will present on the topics of gender and economic reform in China at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in Frable Building, room 117.

Summerfield is director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and associate professor of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since receiving her doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she has written extensively on gender, development, and globalization addressing economic reforms in China, human security (income, property rights, and health), and migration.

Some of her recent publications include a co-edited special issue of Feminist Economics titled, ?China, Gender, and the WTO,? which was also translated into Chinese and published in June 2009. Recent journal articles include, ?A Gendered View of Reforming Health Care Access for Farmers in China? in China Agricultural Economic Review 2009; ?Gender, Transnational Migration, and Human Security? in Development 2007; and ?Gender and Rural Reforms in China: A Case Study of Population Control and Land Rights Policies in Northern Liaoning? in Feminist Economics 2009. One of Summerfield?s current projects examines women?s employment in science and technology in China.

As part of the Teaching International initiative,Penn State Greater Allegheny has adopted each year a country or region of the world as a common focus to inspire teaching and scholarship.  The region for the 2009-2010 academic years is East Asia.