Shawn Cole is a Professor at Harvard Business School. He teaches a second-year MBA elective course, Business at the Base of the Pyramid, which explores the principal challenges lower income markets face while attempting to establish successful businesses. He has also taught first and second term Finance courses as part of the core MBA curriculum, as well as various executive education courses.
He is an Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, dedicated to the use of randomized trials as a tool for learning what works in international development, as well as the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development.
Before joining Harvard Business School, Professor Cole worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the economic research department. He has also served as chair of the endowment management committee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit educational organization.
He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, where he was an NSF and Javits Fellow, and an A.B. in Economics and German Literature from Cornell University.