University of Tennessee

Boyd Center Professor Named First Female Editor-in-Chief of Economics Journal

February 21, 2020

Celeste Carruthers has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Economics of Education Review. She is the journal’s third editor-in-chief in its 39-year history and the first woman to serve in that role. 

Carruthers, the James and Joanne Ford Faculty Research Fellow, is an associate professor of economics in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also holds a dual appointment as a research faculty member in the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.

Research on education policy and finance, the returns to human capital, as well as human capital production and acquisition is published in the journal. It aims to publish innovative, cutting-edge research on the economics of education to help guide academics, policymakers and the general public. 

The journal received more than 700 submissions in 2019, and Carruthers will manage those submissions in her role. She will route promising studies to a team of 11 co-editors for peer review, promote the journal to a broad audience and coordinate special issues on emerging and important education topics. 

“Education is integral to economies, families and personal well-being,” Carruthers said. “Economics of Education Review shapes and publishes research from all over the world that helps us understand more about how education affects people. I’m delighted to take the reins and deeply grateful for the authors, editors and countless reviewers who have helped the journal grow in prominence and reach over the years.”

Prior to her appointment as editor-in-chief, Carruthers was a co-editor at the journal, an editorial board member at three journals of policy and education, and served on the board of directors for the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Carruthers’ own research focuses on education finance and policy in historic and modern-day settings. Her recent and ongoing projects examine growth and change in career and technical education, the long-term consequences of segregated schools, the effects of free community college, and the effect of a technical college education on the employment of non-traditional students.


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