Susan L. Averett is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado. As the author of dozens of refereed journal articles, her current research focuses on under-represented women working in STEM fields, a joint research project with Professor Mary Armstrong. In 2024, their book, Disparate Measures: The Intersectional Economics of Women in STEM Work, was published by MIT Press.  In 2022, she and Laura M. Argys published Women in the Workforce: What Everyone Needs to Know with Oxford University Press.   She is the co-author, with Saul D. Hoffman, of the textbook “Women and the Economy: Family Work and Pay“. The fourth edition came out in 2021, and the fifth is due in early 2025.  Along with Laura Argys and Saul Hoffman, she is the editor of the Handbook of Women and the Economy published in May 2018 by Oxford University Press.  She is also currently researching the effects of child care subsidies on fertility and children’s health. She teaches courses on women and economics and econometrics and has received numerous awards for her teaching. 

Averett is also an IZA research fellow and a member of the Global Labor Organization. She is currently a co-editor for the journal Economics and Human Biology.  Along with Ed Gamber she was co-editor of the Eastern Economic Journal from 2010-2015. She has also served as the Eastern representative for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession