Brandeis International Business School

Rawley Heimer, PhD’13: Brandeis helped “make me a better colleague“

Rawley Heimer
What drew you to the PhD program at Brandeis International Business School?

I had been in contact with some of the faculty before applying and was able to get a good sense of the high-quality individuals there with varying experiences from academia to policy to business-oriented positions. There’s also a great diversity of faculty interest within the sphere I was interested in—policy—so there were many faculty working in my field.

How did Brandeis impact your career?

I had the opportunity to teach, to stand in front of a classroom and communicate ideas to students. That helps with your research because it helps you digest pretty complicated ideas and package them in terms that are simpler and easier for individuals to understand. And in turn, that helps you write your papers better. It helps you to see where you might have difficulties communicating various subjects to individuals who may not be familiar with the subject matter you’re working on.

Another was having good relationships with the professors and advisors. It helped make me a better colleague both at the federal and academic career levels. Being a part of an academic department helps you see how it takes everyone’s best efforts and involvements to make sure that you have a good community. All of these things have value in your subsequent career, whether teaching at a university or being part of a policy group at the Fed.

What made your experience at Brandeis unique?

You get exposed to so many different ideas, and opportunities arise in different areas. When I finished my course work and started to build my research portfolio, I discovered different areas of study from those that had made my academic career so far. One of the good things that came of that was that the program was flexible enough to allow me to discover and explore some areas of research that I did not previously anticipate having interest in. The community was good in terms of giving ideas and supporting my branching out in new ways.

PhD in International Economics and Finance
Class of 2013

Assistant Professor of Finance, Boston College

Previous Experience
Research Economist, Federal Bank of Cleveland

Undergraduate Degree
BA, University of Rochester

Home Country
United States

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