Martha L. Olney

Adjunct Professor
Fields: Economic history, macroeconomics, economics of discrimination
Research Interests: Consumer spending; consumer indebtedness; Great Depression; race and credit and saving
Short Biography

Martha Olney joined Berkeley's Economics Department in 1991 as a Research Associate at the Institute of Business and Economic Research. She was a visiting associate professor from 1993 to 2002, when she became an adjunct professor. Professor Olney has been an organizer and host of the Economic History Lunches for graduate students and faculty since 1996. Prior to joining Berkeley, she was a visiting associate professor of economics at Stanford University in 2001 and associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she had taught since 1984. She received her PhD from Berkeley in 1985.Professor Olney is the recipient of UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award (2002-2003); the Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History (1997); Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts (1990-1991). She was selected as a "Great Teacher in Economics" by the Stavros Center for Economic Eductation in 2007.She is a member of the American Economic Association, Business History Conference, Cliometric Society, Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, Economic History Association, and the Social Science History Association. She currently serves on the board of the AEA's Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and on the academic advisory board of the Financial Services Research Program of George Washington University.

Current Status: Teaching
Office: 691 Evans
Phone: (510) 642-6083