Alan Harrison joined Queen’s University on August 1, 2011. Previously, he served for five years as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Calgary, and before that for three years as the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to moving to Carleton, Dr. Harrison spent 26 years at McMaster University, where he held a variety of positions, including Dean of Social Sciences (1997-2003) and Chair of the Department of Economics (1992-1997).
Dr. Harrison is a highly accomplished teacher and researcher in economics. In 2003, the McMaster Students' Union honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in teaching. His papers have been published in major economics journals, including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, and Canadian Journal of Economics, and his research was supported for many years by a succession of grants from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
A PhD graduate from the University of Essex in England, Dr. Harrison held an academic appointment at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to Canada in 1976. He has also held visiting positions at Queen's University (Canada) and the University of Adelaide (Australia), and has spent research leaves at the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester (both UK), the latter co-funded by a Hallsworth Fellowship awarded by the University of Manchester.
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