Matilde Bombardini is Associate Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, co-editor of the Journal of International Economics and a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the NBER and CEPR. Her research focuses on political economy and international trade. Dr Bombardini has studied the organization of interest groups and the behaviour of lobbyists in the US, and has linked the pattern of international trade to the inequality of education outcomes within countries. She is currently investigating the effect of international trade on pollution and infant mortality in China and the role of charitable giving by corporations in US politics. Bombardini is a native of Italy where she graduated from the University of Bologna. She obtained her PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. She is the recipient of the 2015 Bank of Canada Governor’s Award, the 2012 Young Researcher Prize from the Canadian Women Economists Network/Réseau de Femmes Économistes (CWEN/RFÉ), the 2012 Harry Johnson Prize for best paper in the Canadian Journal of Economics and the 2016 Killam Faculty Research Prize.