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Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences


Bruce Blonigen, Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences, oversees the operations of the College of Arts and Sciences and more than 2,000 employees in the College. (View the CAS org chart.)

Dr. Blonigen sits on the President’s Senior Leadership Team, the Academic Leadership Team, and the Dean’s Council.  In these capacities, he coordinates with other UO units to effectively manage and plan for the future of the entire university.

Dr. Blonigen’s leadership portfolio in the College of Arts and Sciences includes the supervision of three divisional deans, an associate dean for strategic initiatives, and two assistant deans who serve in administrative capacities, and he oversees strategic planning, budget and finance, personnel, space planning, college branding and internal and external communications. He personally works with development staff and donors to promote philanthropic giving to the College.

In his 23-year career at the UO, Dr. Blonigen has also served as head of the Department of Economics (2008-13), Associate Dean for Social Sciences (2013-16), and Dean for Faculty and Operations (2017-18). He was promoted to Dean in 2018.

Dr. Blonigen is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His research focuses on empirically examining international trade issues from a microeconomic and political economy perspective, especially with respect to multinational corporations and international trade policies. His work on multinational corporations and foreign direct investment (FDI) has explored the determinants of FDI location around the world, as well as the impacts of inward FDI on the communities in which they locate. His work on international trade policies explores not only their economic impact, but also the political economy behind who supports and who opposes their application to international trade flows.

He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and has enjoyed grant funding from multiple sources, including the National Science Foundation. He has also served on numerous editorial boards, including service as Co-Editor of the Economic Inquiry, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of International Economics.

Dr. Blonigen teaches courses on international trade, industrial organization, microeconomics, and econometrics. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards from the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education, as well as an Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In 2005, Dr. Blonigen co-founded the UO Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL), which engages high school students from socioeconomic and minority backgrounds that are often underrepresented at universities, encouraging them to aspire to and realize the dream of pursuing post-secondary education. Entering its fourteenth year, the program hosts nearly 400 students on campus each summer for one-week academic camps and provides mentoring in the students’ high schools during the academic year. Over 50 current UO students participated in the SAIL program.

Dr. Blonigen received a B.A. in Economics and German from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California – Davis.