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Nola Reinhardt
Professor Emerita of Economics


We are sad to report that Professor Reinhardt passed away on July 22, 2015. 

Nola Reinhardt received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a co-founder of the Smith College Third World Development Studies Program in 1985 and has served as its director since then. She was one of the founders of Smith’s Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program in the mid-1980s and has served on the program’s advisory committee since then. Her past research has focused on Latin American agricultural development, especially in Colombia and Central American, resulting in numerous publications, including her book Our Daily Bread: The Peasant Question and Family Farming in the Colombian Andes (1988). She subsequently researched and taught courses on the comparative study of trade and development policies in Latin America and East Asia. Her recent research, in collaboration with economists at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), has concentrated on the impact of neoliberal economic reforms in Latin America. Her publications on this topic include a special issue of the journal World Development on the Microeconomics of the New Economic Model in Latin America (September 2000). She has consulted for the UNECLAC on agricultural issues. She currently teaches courses on global agriculture, economic development and Latin American economics.