Summers Back to Harvard

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Let’s start hitting those science books, girls.

Economist Lawrence Summers will be returning to Harvard to teach at the John F. Kennedy School of Government as Charles W. Eliot University Professor. This was the same position he held before going to Washington to serve as assistant to the president for Economic Policy and director of the White House National Economic Council.

According to Harvard, Summers’s “teaching and research will focus on the implications of changes in the global economy for public policy,” whatever that means.

Summers resigned Friday, though he had announced last year that he planned to leave the White House in early 2011. According to a piece by Felicia Sonmez in the Washington Post:

“The shock of the financial crisis, the shifts in the distribution of global economic power, and the changes being brought about by information technology combine to make this an unusually important moment to reexamine traditional assumptions about economic policy in the United States and beyond,” Summers added. “I am especially excited by the prospect of working with some of the most able students in the world at such a critical time.”

Summers served as president of Harvard University from 2001 to 2006. He resigned following a no confidence vote from the Harvard faculty after he suggested in 2005 that innate differences between men and women could explain why there are fewer women in math and science professions. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

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