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SSU's Florence Bouvet Helps Students Develop a Critical Lense

May 28, 2014 10:30 AM

SSU's Florence Bouvet Helps Students Develop a Critical Lense 

Rohnert Park, CA - Florence Bouvet, an Associate Professor at Sonoma State University was invited by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, to write two articles for its blog. Bouvet uses her internationally published articles and her other published scholarly research to help students develop a critical lense.

"In the classroom, research forces you to stay up-to-date with realistic and interesting topics," she said.  Bouvet also believes these classes are not only for economics majors.  "Even if an intro class is the only econ class you take, it will make you a more informed citizen," said Bouvet. "Students can then form their own opinions, and be able to see with a more critical eye."

Much of Bouvet's research is themed around the intersection of economics and political science which she studied during her undergrad at UC Davis. She's currently researching economic voting, which aspects include the relevance of income inequality in economic voting, and whether economic voting has changed since the Great Recession.

Bouvet's first article in the LSE blog takes an inside look at the income gap between higher and lower classes in Western countries, suggesting that citizens might conceive of some economic problems as an 'exogenous shock' which their governments cannot be held entirely accountable for. The second article notes that the European Currency Bureau's 'one size first all' approach to basing its decision-making on euro-wide data, rather than the situation in individual Eurozone countries, may be inappropriate in cases where there are fundamental economic differences between individual countries.

As for the future, Bouvet's goals are to "keep up research productivity and start up new scholarship collaborations," and attract more female students in the economic major as well as teach more about the European Union. When her children are older, she hopes to teach a semester overseas.

She considers her biggest professional accomplishment as "having found a balance between the two main aspects of my job as a professor: being a good teacher and keeping an active research agenda."  When she is not teaching or researching, Bouvet likes spending time with her family, traveling, training for running races and gardening. Her biggest personal accomplishment?  "Raising two wonderful boys in a trilingual family."


About Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics:

Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond.  Its Wine Business Institute is recognized around the world for its expert faculty, business-focused research, and the first undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wine business in the United States.  Creating a vibrant community, developing a sustainable business model for entrepreneurship in higher education, and developing and delivering innovative programs are the goals for its campus-wide, community-reaching entrepreneurship initiative. With undergraduate, graduate and executive programs serving over 1600 students each year and degrees and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand programs on the Sonoma State campus.  The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards for excellence.  For more information visit,

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