Christina Romer, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley who taught at the Wilson School from 1985 to 1988, has been appointed the chairman of President-elect Barack Obamas Council of Economic Advisers.
The CEA, established in 1946, is tasked with [providing] the President with objective economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policy issues, according to the White Houses Web site.
Romer received her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in 1981 and her doctorate from MIT in 1985. Her most recently published work focuses on the impact of tax policy on economic growth.
Romer, whose career has centered on macroeconomic history, also works for the National Bureau of Economic Research, for which she currently serves as the co-director of the program in monetary economics. Her colleagues call her a mainstream economist, but they note that she tacks slightly to the left, according to The Wall Street Journal.