Renee Bowen is a professor of Economics at UC San Diego, jointly appointed in the Department of Economics and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. In 2019 she founded the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), and served as its Director until 2023. She is an Economic Theory Fellow at the Society for the Advances in Economic Theory, is a Council Member of the Game Theory Society, has published in top economics journals including the American Economic Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and is on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review: Insights, Journal of Economic Literature and the Review of International Organizations. Her professional memberships include the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Pacific Council on International Relations. She has held positions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Hoover Institution, the World Bank, J.P. Morgan Securities, the Inter-American Development Bank, and is currently a member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, where she chaired the Workforce Development Subcommittee. She holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University, and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her recent research examines the design of global multilateral institutions and polarization of beliefs in societies.