Amy Glasmeier, B.A. ENSP, 1978
graduating from high school a year early and working in an office job,
Dr. Amy Glasmeier moved to Sonoma County in 1974 and entered the music
program at Sonoma State College (SSC). A chance conversation with a politically
active student led her to change majors and enter Sonoma's School of Environmental
Studies and Planning, where she completed her bachelor's degree in 1978.
Dr. Glasmeier chose to pursue graduate-level training
in economics, receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley,
in city and regional planning in 1985. Amy enthusiastically took a fixed-term
teaching appointment at the Pennsylvania State University in the community
development program. A year later she moved to the University of Texas's
program in community and regional planning and taught there for five years.
In 1991, Amy traveled to Washington, DC, to take a research post at the
Aspen Institute where she studied and wrote about the development effects
of economic globalization and the then pending North American Free Trade
Agreement. In 1992, Amy accepted an appointment in the department of geography
at Penn State, where she was promoted to professor in 1994. Based on her
work on regional development, in 1996 Glasmeier was appointed the John
D. Whisman Appalachian Scholar, and worked closely with the Appalachian
Regional Commission - a federal agency responsible for economic development
efforts. Glasmeier has led field courses and provided important legislative
testimony on the problems of poverty in the region. Her research on Appalachia
is widely cited in national and regional newspapers such as the New York
Times and the Lexington Herald.
Glasmeier has published widely, including three books
and more than 40 scholarly articles on regional development. Her soon-to-be
published book, From Keeping Time to Keeping Pace, is an historical account
of the development of the world watch industry. She currently works with
the OECD, numerous federal agencies, and international development organizations
in constructing policies to alleviate poverty and uneven economic opportunity,
as well as in Appalachia's troubled communities.