Before joining the faculty in 1977, Ann Markusen held positions as a research economist at the Office of the Speaker in Michigan House of Representatives and an economist fellow at the Brookings Institution. Markusen taught as an associate professor until 1986 in the Department of City and Regional Planning. During her teaching career at UC Berkeley, she was granted by the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the location of military-related manufacturing. She also successfully completed her research on the role of the steel industry in Southeast Chicago with the DCRP students. In 1983, she was a Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil and has written about various economic policies and developments in local and global scales. After leaving UC Berkeley, Markusen held faculty positions at Northwestern University, Rutgers University, UCLA, Cornell University, and University of Minnesota. Markusen served as a senior fellow in Council of Public Relations in New York and Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. She also served as a Harvey Perloff Visiting Chair in UCLA and Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. In 2010, she was a UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair and continued to teach in Japan at Ritsumeikan University and University of Toronto.
Markusen has published more than 12 books and 100 articles and book chapters on regional and urban economics and planning, industrial organization, economic development, military industrial complex, and privatization. Currently, as a professor emerita at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota, she is directing a project on regional and industrial economics. Her current research specializes in examining artists, art organizations, and cultural organizations’ economic impacts, formation, regional distribution, and migrations. She was awarded the William Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science (2006), Margarita McCoy Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (2005), Walter Isard Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (1996), and George F. Kennan Award for Contributions to Peace in (1993).
Markusen holds master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Michigan State University and bachelor’s degrees in history, government, and economics from Georgetown University.