Marta Bengoa earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Cantabria in Spain in 2003. She has a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she has been visiting scholar and visiting professor at the Department of Economics at Columbia University, the Free Market Institute Foundation (Cape Town, South Africa), University of Costa Rica, University Federico Santa María (Chile) and Universidad of Azuay (Ecuador). She has published numerous articles about the determinants of economic growth and incidence of inequality and poverty in Latin America (Applied Economic Letters, Journal of Policy Modeling, and European Journal of Political Economy, among others). She has also collaborated with the World Bank and UN in different projects about economic growth in Latin America, and has conducted fieldwork for the AECI (Spanish International Cooperation Agency) in the Ecuadorian Amazonia. She joined the CCNY faculty as a visiting Associate Professor in 2009-2010. She is the Chair of the financial health committee (Strategic plan), the Chair of the PSC-CUNY research grant program in Economics and Political Science. She also serves as a Senator and as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Senate and Director of the Graduate Program in Economics at the Colin Powell School.