Şebnem Kalemli-Özcan is a Neil Moskowitz Endowed Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research.

A native of Turkey, Sebnem received her B.S. in economics from Middle East Technical University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 2000. She was the Duisenberg Fellow at the European Central Bank in 2008 and served as lead economist/adviser for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank from 2010 to 2011. She was selected as one of three senior research fellows of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2013 and was a visiting professor at Bilkent University, Koc University and Harvard University.

She has published extensively in the areas of international finance, international development and applied growth theory in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics

Her work has also appeared in many invited book volumes and policy outlets and was featured in World Bank reports and the IMF's World Economic Outlook. She is the first Turkish social scientist to receive the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grants prize (in 2008) for her research on European financial integration. Her current research focuses on measuring the globalization of European firms and investigating the linkages between real and financial sectors in a globalized economy, together with the effects of such linkages on economic fluctuations and development.

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