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After watching students protest against globalization at her Georgetown University campus, economist Pietra Rivoli came up with the novel idea of tracking the life cycle of a simple t-shirt as it made its way through the global economy. She traced the shirt's course from its beginnings in a Texas cotton field, to a Chinese textile factory, back to the United States, and eventually to a used clothing market in Africa, while she studied the business, financial, and social implications of this global journey. Her passion and expertise are evident in the resulting story that she tells in the widely-acclaimed, award-winning The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: an Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade.

Rivoli has served on the Georgetown University faculty since 1983. She is currently an associate professor at the University's McDonough School of Business where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business. She is a member of the University's Licensing Oversight Committee, which oversees workplace issues for GU apparel producers; the University's Committee for Social Responsibility in Investing; and the Vital Voices partnership, a University initiative in executive education for women from developing countries.

Pietra Rivoli has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

She received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Finance and International Business from the University of Florida.

Interviews with Pietra Rivoli

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