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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program


Since 1956, the Society's Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.   They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the entire academic community. The visits are designed primarily for undergraduate participation.

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen McGarry will be the 2015 Visiting Scholar.  More information on her visit March 26 and 27, 2015, will be found here as it becomes available.


Kathleen McGarry is professor and chair of the department of economics at UCLA and the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards.  Since 1999 she has been a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).  From 2007 to 2009 she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt 1972 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and she previously served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. 

Her research interests are in public economics, health economics, and the economics of aging, with much of her work focused on the importance of public transfers through SSI, Social Security, and Medicare, as well as of private transfers of resources within families.  Her current research focuses on the long-term care, health, and life insurance markets.


Degrees: B.S. SUNY Stony Brook    1986

Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook    1992


Past Scholars:


Christine M. Thomas, Professor of Religious Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
"Finding Paul in the Landscape of the Ancient City: Urban Space at Ephesos, Real and Imagined"


Tyler Burge, Professor of Philosophy, UCLA
Perception: Origins of Mind


Dr. Jack Goldstone
Global Population Trends and How They Shape Our Future

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Visiting Scholar Jack Goldstone - Global Population Trends and How They Shape Our Future

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture Series presented November 1, 2010

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