Mina Baliamoune-Lutz is UNF’s 2012 Distinguished Professor. She is Professor and Kip Fellow of Economics (2010-2013) in the Coggin College of Business. She holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University. She has been at UNF since fall 2000, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in macroeconomics, international trade, the global economy, economic policy, and the Study-Abroad course on the Political Economy of Development in Brazil. Her publications appeared in high-quality journals, including the highest ranking journal on African Economics, and she is ranked among the top economists in Florida (see https://ideas.repec.org/top/top.usa-fl.html). Her empirical work on the effect of policy and institutional reforms in Africa has received significant national and international recognition. Professor Baliamoune-Lutz is a regular contributor to research themes debated at the United Nations World Institute of Development Economics in Helsinki, United Nations Economic Conference on Africa, African Development Bank and the European Report on Development. She has an extensive record of service to the national and international community and to the Economics Profession. She has served as President-elect and President (2012-2014) of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA), Associate Editor of the Journal of African Development, the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and Information Technology for Development (from 2005 to present). She also served on the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics, the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and the Journal of Business and Accounting, and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Economic Association.