Professor Michael Spence

College appointment: Honorary Fellow


He is the Philip H. Knight Professor Emeritus of Management in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University in Milan, and an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford University.

In 2001, he received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in the field of information economics.

He is the author of “The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multi-Speed World, and the co-author with Gordon Brown and Mohamed El-Erian of “Permacrisis:  A Plan to Fix a Fractured World.”

He is a Senior Advisor to Jasper Ridge Partners and a Senior Advisor to General Atlantic Partners. He Chairs the Advisory Council of the Asia Global Institute, and was the Chairman of The Independent Commission on Growth and Development (2006-2010), where he served with Montek Singh Ahluwalia. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Luohan Academy in Hangzhou. He served as Dean of the Stanford Business School from 1990 to 1999 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University from 1984 to 1990. He was a member of the Board of the Stanford Management Company, which manages the Stanford University endowment, and the International Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Princeton summa cum laude, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he earned an BA/MA in Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard.

He was awarded the John Kenneth Galbraith Prize for excellence in teaching and the John Bates Clark Medal for a “significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” The Clark Medal was awarded, at that time, every two years to an Economist under the age of 40.