Lin Shi

Lin Shi

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics and Adjunct Instructor

American University

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics at American University. My research fields are international trade, development economics, and the political economy of trade policy. My job market paper examines the heterogeneous impact of participating in global value chains on countries’ and industries’ export quality upgrading.

I am currently an Adjunct Instructor at American University, and I am working as an Economic Affairs Intern for Africa Section, Policy Analysis and Research Branch at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In Summer 2023, I worked as a Research Intern at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), African Department, Regional Studies Division (AFRRS). During the internship, I conducted empirical research with IMF economists on the impact of sub-Saharan African trade with global partners on the region’s economic complexity (work-in-progress). I have ten years of work experience, having been employed at multiple academic institutions, think tank, non-profit organization, and the due diligence industry in various capacities.

I am seeking a full-time position as an assistant professor, economist, or economic consultant. I am available for interviews for the 2023-2024 job market season. Please refer to my CV for more information, and do not hesitate to contact me at


  • Global value chain analysis
  • Structural transformation
  • Economic complexity


  • Ph.D. in Economics, May 2024 (Expected)

    American University

  • M.A. in Applied Economics, 2017

    Georgetown University

  • B.S. in Economics, 2015

    University of Washington