Economics Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Professor Phillip LeBel to research and teach in Ethiopia in 2009

Photo: Mike Peters

Phillip G. LeBel

Phillip G. LeBel, professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Finance has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship to work at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia from January to July, 2009. He will teach at the University and undertake research on the topics “Integrating Technology into Economics Learning” and “Risk Management Choices for Sustainable Economic Development.”

Of the two avenues of research, LeBel says, “One is to explore the use of learning technology in a developing country environment and the reference to risk management choices is to a recent line of research in which I have been engaged for the last several years and for which I have produced a number of published articles.”

No stranger to Africa, LeBel’s association with Ethiopia began in the 1960s when he was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching history to secondary school students in a rural village. During his three and a half years there, he became fluent in the national language, Amharic, and a local language, Guraginya. He has since returned twice, once in 1982 as part of a State Department speaking tour and again in 1990. He has also spent time in Senegal—first while working for a doctorate in the 1970s, and later on a Senior Fulbright lectureship at the University of Dakar.

A member of the faculty at Montclair State since 1981, LeBel is founder and director of the Center for Economic Research on Africa (CEFAF), and served as department chair for nine years, as well as dean of the School of Business from 1995 to 1997. He has more than forty publications, reviews, and presentations he has made over the years that embody his interest in energy, natural resources, and risk.

Prior to working at Montclair State, he taught economics at the New York Institute of Technology and has worked at Queens College (CUNY), Boston University, and UNESCO. He is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and has a Master's and Doctorate in Economics from Boston University.