Christina Romer is the former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, appointed by President Barack Obama to design a response to the Great Recession. She is the Class of 1957 Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1993.
Professor Romer is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. She has served as vice president and a member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association.
Prior to her appointment at Berkeley, Romer was an assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University from 1985–1988. She received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1985.