Chief Diversity Officer

Peter RodriguezProfessor Peter Rodriguez is Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Chief Diversity Officer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BS from Texas A&M University. From 2008 to 2011 he served as a trustee of the Darden Foundation. Previously, Professor Rodriguez was the Executive Director of the Center for Global Initiatives at Darden, a Lecturer at Princeton University and a Professor at Texas A&M University. He also served on the faculty of Semester at Sea and has taught in universities around the world.

Professor Rodriguez is a practicing economist and specializes in the study of international business and economic development. He is also an active researcher whose current interests include the interaction of globalization, economic development, and social institutions; the consequences of corruption for multinational corporations; and seed-stage finance in emerging markets. He has published research on international trade policies, firm investment patterns, the measurement and effects of corruption, and practice-based studies of issues in international business.

Professor Rodriguez worked for several years in the Global Energy Group at JP Morgan Chase, where his assignments centered on work for multinationals such as Royal Dutch Shell, Pennzoil, Apache Corporation, Enron, Santa Fe Energy Resources, and Halliburton.

Professor Rodriguez has extensive experience as a keynote speaker for academic and corporate conferences and in executive education. His private teaching engagements include work with the AES Corporation, Harris Corporation, Rolls Royce, and Visa.

Despite his many activities outside of the classroom, Professor Rodriguez remains a teacher at heart, and his many teaching awards include the University of Virginia’s University Teaching Award and Mead/Colley Award for Engagement with Students, as well as Princeton University’s university-wide Teaching Excellence Award. In the fall of 2009, Professor Rodriguez was named one of DiversityInc magazine’s Top 100 under 50 in America. 


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