Lehman Economics Professor Dr. Mine Aysen Doyran was honored on May 2 at the CUNY Graduate Center with the prestigious Feliks Gross Endowment Award from the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences for her research on economic development.
Dr. Doyran’s main research focuses on political economy, banking regulation, and economic development both in the U.S. and Latin America, which formed the basis of her recent book, Financial Crisis Management and the Pursuit of Power: American Preeminence and the Credit Crunch (2011, Ashgate Publishing, U.K.).
The Feliks Gross Endowment Award annually recognizes the research of the University’s young faculty. Two faculty members from Hunter College and one from Baruch College also won awards this year. Other Lehman recipients have included Dr. Andre Jitianu in 2011, honored for his research on creating hermetic barrier materials, and Dr. Jason Behrstock in 2009, recognized for his research in geometric group theory and low dimensional topology.
“It is an honor to receive an award associated with outstanding research, an area that I consider close to my heart as a Lehman College faculty member,” Dr. Doyran said. “This award will deepen my commitment to the research and to Lehman College as an institution.”
Dr. Doyran is currently examining how banks contribute to, or detract from, economic development in Latin American countries. Her most recent work involved the financial sector in Argentina. She investigated the role of banks in the local economy and the effects of banking sector performance on financial stability and growth. She is also investigating how bank credit and access to credit are allocated among social classes in developing countries.
The CUNY Academy recognized “the quality and quantity of her research as well as her potential as a scholar and teacher,” said Dr. Edward Jarroll, Lehman’s dean of Natural and Social Sciences. “This award is a great honor both for Dr. Doyran and for Lehman.”
The trajectory of Dr. Doyran’s scholarship will address the role of the textile industry in the development of regional trade between Latin America and the U.S. She plans to explore Latin America’s place in the global supply chain – particularly the transformations in production, trade, and industrial strategies that altered the textile sector over the past decades.
“Although my principal role at Lehman is to help educate young people pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees,” Dr. Doyran said, “I have often felt as though my own education is continuing here, thanks to the high scholarly standards set by CUNY faculty and their willingness to share their insights with me.”