Emily Chamlee-Wright is Provost and Dean of the College. In her roles as Provost and Dean, Dr. Chamlee-Wright serves as the Chief Academic Officer, meaning that her primary concerns are the quality of the faculty and the quality of the academic program. She works closely with faculty, staff and students on curricular matters and academic strategic planning. Along with department chairs and other faculty leaders, she also provides opportunities for faculty to develop as teachers and as scholars.
Before coming to Washington College, Dr. Chamlee-Wright was the Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at Beloit College. She earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 1993. Her research investigates the confluence of cultural and economic processes. She has published four books, including The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment (Routledge 2010), Culture and Enterprise: The Development, Representation, and Morality of Business, with Don Lavoie (Routledge 2000), and The Cultural Foundations of Economic Development (Routledge 1997), and co-editor of The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Development (Edward Elgar 2010) with Virgil Storr. Professor. Her current book project is titled Liberal Learning and the Art of Self Governance (forthcoming, Routledge).
Dr. Chamlee-Wright is a former W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and a recipient of the Underkoffler Award for Excellence in Teaching from Beloit College. In 2013, the Department of Economics and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University recognized Chamlee-Wright with a Distinguished Alumna Award.