St. Paul Academy and Summit School is pleased to announce that Karine Moe, Ph.D., will serve as the school’s Commencement speaker on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at SPA’s 118th Commencement at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Saint Paul. Professor Moe is the F.R. Bigelow Professor of Economics and Macalester’s Provost and Dean of Faculty. She is also the parent of two SPA graduates in the Classes of 2012 and 2015.
“I’m delighted that Karine has accepted our invitation to speak to the Class of 2018 at Commencement,” says SPA's Head of School Bryn Roberts. “As the parent of two graduates, she brings to the conversation a deep understanding of SPA, and as a professor and provost, she has a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges our students will face when they leave SPA. She is a wonderful speaker, and I look forward to hearing the thoughts she will share with our graduates.”
Professor Moe taught in Macalester’s Economics Department for 20 years and was appointed Provost in 2015. She has held numerous leadership positions at Macalester, including Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, Chair of the Economics Department, and member of the President’s strategic planning committee. Beyond Macalester, Professor Moe serves as a board member of the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth and on the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Board of Deans. She also has served on the board of the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
A labor economist, Professor Moe graduated from St. Olaf College and received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching includes courses in the principles of economics, the economics of gender, American poverty, and labor economics. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and two books, including the co-authored book (with Macalester anthropology professor Dianna Shandy) Glass Ceilings and 100-hour Couples: What the Opt-Out Phenomenon Can Teach Us about Work and Family.
“I have known and loved SPA since I first joined the community as a parent of a Kindergartner 19 years ago, and I am very honored to be invited to speak to the Class of 2018,” Moe says. “I know SPA students to be thoughtful, smart, and creative people who go on to change the world in ways big and small. I feel privileged to be a part of their Commencement day, and I look forward to celebrating this important milestone with the students and their families and friends.”