Professor Lindsay Oldenski Considers Georgetown’s Students the Highlight

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For Lindsay Oldenski, the students in the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy (IBD) give her bragging rights among her colleagues at other universities.

“On the whole I’ve just been really impressed with Georgetown students. Georgetown is definitely one of the best places to teach. I’m always bragging to my colleagues at other universities,” Oldenski said.

Oldenski, an assistant professor within the School of Foreign Service, came to Georgetown and IBD in 2009. It wasn’t just the students; the faculty were also part of what attracted her to Georgetown. “It’s just amazing. The people have diverse backgrounds, but everyone’s interested in international affairs,” she said.

The Landegger Program is “exactly what my focus is,” she said, explaining that her interest in multinationals and international businesses from a policy perspective made IBD a good fit. The Washington location didn’t hurt, either. “I really like D.C. I think there’s a lot going on here. We have a lot of universities, international organizations and the government. There’s always something to do and I think it attracts really interesting people,” Oldenski said.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, Oldenski taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and California State University, San Marcos. She has also worked as an economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a consultant in the biotech industry.

Oldenski feels that she brings her past experiences into her teaching environment. “I try to make everything grounded in policy and real-world examples. There’s a tendency with academic economics to forget why we started studying economics in the first place, and it really is because of the real impact is has on the world,” she said.

Oldenski’s interest in international trade grew when she studied abroad in Thailand as an undergraduate. The experience helped her understand the importance of economics, and she said she sees many of her students following similar paths. “They’re unusually motivated and I’ve been really impressed with their international experiences and work experiences,” she said.

The IBD Gateway course is Oldenski’s favorite to teach. Each professor gets to customize the course and hers is focused on multinationals and outsourcing, which is also the topic of much of her research.  She also focuses on how and why companies offshore as well as the effects that offshoring has on the U.S. and the people of developing nations. The topic is something Oldenski is passionate about.

“Outsourcing is talked a lot about in the press and you hear generally a lot of fear-mongering and isolationist sentiments and when you actually do the research and do the data, it usually turns out that globalization, in general, is a good thing,” she said.

Oldenski received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and her MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in International Trade and Finance.