M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and public policy, has been tapped to co-chair the American Economic Association's newly formed Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession. The new standing committee will monitor the status and support the advancement of LBGTQ people in the economics profession, through mentoring and other activities. AEA President Ben Bernanke announced the appointment in a June 27 letter to the association's membership.
Joining Badgett as co-chair will be Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter of Vanderbilt University. Other committee members include Raphael Bostic (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta), Sandile Hlatshwayo (International Monetary Fund), Michael E. Martell (Bard College), Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois at Chicago), Martha Olney (University of California, Berkeley) and Elisabeth Perlman (U.S. Census Bureau).