Program: Online MBA
Clinical Associate Professor
Ph.D., Duke University
BA, Economics, College of William & Mary
Area: Economics and Finance
Expertise: Emerging markets, international finance, global investing, "live case" method
Deborah Hewitt is a clinical professor Emeritus of economics and finance at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business. She was a James B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. Deborah has lived and worked abroad for nearly 20 years and continues to enjoy international travel. For the past 10 years, she has taken William & Mary's Executive MBA students to China and one additional global destination as part of their Global Immersion courses. Her research interests include emerging markets, international finance, global investing, and "live case" method.
Deborah has taught international economics and finance at UCLA and Claremont Graduate School. She served as the president of Claremont Economics Institute, an economics consulting and forecasting firm that helped develop the Reagan economic plan. During her 15 years with CEI, she consulted with many Fortune 500 firms in the U.S. and abroad, as well as several other governments. Deborah was the chairman of the Claremont Fund, a family of mutual funds, from 1984 to 1988. She has also worked as an international economist at the U.S. Treasury.
She has published numerous articles on the subjects of international trade and finance. She also co-authored the book, “Rust to Riches: The Coming of the Second Industrial Revolution,” with her partner, John Rutledge. She has contributed articles to several business and investment publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. She was a frequent panelist on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser for five years and has been interviewed on Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and NPR.
Deborah is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Virginia Retirement System and a member of the Reves International Advisory Board at W&M. She is a trustee emeritus of William & Mary's endowment. She is also on the board of Respite, a nonprofit organization providing enriching social opportunities to seniors with disabilities. Deborah and her husband, Jim, have three grown children, who keep her apprised of upcoming trends in the fields of energy efficiency, hospitality management and cloud computing.