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Susan Mays

Other faculty PhD, Columbia




Current positions: Research Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Lecturer in the Collge of Liberal Arts (East Asia/China focus); Faculty Fellow at Peking University in China

Susan Mays' interdisciplinary research centers on China's economy, global economic and technolgical development, and professional mobility.  As a former management consultant and engineer, Professor Mays' recent projects have addressed high technology sectors in East Asia, particularly China, including how globalized trade, investment, and supply chains influence organizational change and human capital development.  As an economic historian, she is concerned with macro-economic trends and trends in business, technology, and human resources.  

Currently Teaching:

"Globalization and Professional Mobility"

"China's Economy: Technology, Growth, and Global Connections" at Peking University

In her most recent study, Dr. Mays examined how formerly state-dominated industries in China have evolved over the past 20 years to now include an array of organizational forms including private firms, joint ventures, and foreign firms, as well as state-owned and state-invested firms.  Her study "Rapid Advance: High Technology in China in the Global Electronic Age" (2013) examines how the semiconductor industry in China evolved from a being a state-owned and technologically-backward industry in the late 1980s to being an important contributor in the global semiconductor industry post-2000.  This study captures China's domestic economic reforms as well as its ever-increasing global integration.

Susan Mays holds a PhD from Columbia University in Global Economic History (Asia/China focus), an MA from Harvard University in East Asian Studies (China focus), an MS from Stanford in Engineering-Economic Systems, and a BS from Purdue in Industrial Engineering.  Prior to UT Austin, she was at Columbia University in New York City, where she co-taught courses for three years and was a recipient of the five-year Hofstadter Fellowship as well as a Weatherhead and Dissertation fellowship, among other grants and fellowships.  Prior to academia, Professor Mays worked in business and technology with Fortune 500 companies for 12 years, initially as an engineer and later as a managment consultant with A.T.Kearney.  During that time, much of her work centered on the global supply chains of electronics-related companies.  While with A.T.Kearney, Susan Mays first traveled to China in 1993, and since 1999, her work has been primarily focused on China, including periods of living and working in China.  Along with scholarly work, she continues to consult with businesses and other organizations through M~Stone Advisory.  


East Asia; China; economic & technological development; global economic history
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