Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History
Phone: ext. 5179
Office: Dalton 206
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 and by appointment
Michael T. Rock is the Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History at Bryn Mawr College, USA. His published research focuses on the environment and development, democracy and development, and the role of industrial policy in the second tier newly industrializing economies of Southeast Asia.
His work has appeared in World Development, Development Policy Review, Ecological Economics, the Journal of Environment and Development, Local Environment, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, the Journal of International Development, the Journal of Development Studies, the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Competition and Change, the American Behavioral Scientist, and Studies in Comparative International Development.
His most recent books include one published by Oxford University Press titled Industrial Transformation in the Developing World which focuses on policy integration in developing East Asia or the integration of industrial technological upgrading policies with industrial environmental improvement policies and a second jointly published by Resources for the Future and the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies titled Pollution Control in East Asia which examines the degree to which governments in north and southeast Asia have built effective command and control environmental agencies and integrated them with the institutions of industrial policy.
Rock's research has been funded by Resources for the Future, the MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Development Research Group of the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of the Government of Japan.
Rock is currently working on two books. One focuses on democracy and development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The other examines the degree to which high speed technological catch up policies affecting energy intensive industries in China are putting these industries on lower energy and CO2 emissions trajectories.
Rock has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Bennington College, the University of Denver, and Hood College. He received his B.S. from Duquesne University and his M.A. and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.