Susan Mays


Other facultyPhD and MA, Columbia and Harvard

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East Asia; China; economic & technological development; global economic history

Biography


Current positions:

UT Austin Collge of Liberal Arts (East Asia/China focus), Faculty

Peking University, College of Engineering, Globex Fellow

Center for East Asian Studies (UT), Executive Committee

 

Susan Mays' primary focus is economic and technological development in Asia, particularly China.  Her recent interdisciplinary projects have addressed high technology sectors in China/East Asia including how globalized trade, investment, and supply chains influence organizational change and human capital development.  As an economic historian, she is concerned with macro-economic trends and trends in business, technology, and human resources.  

Courses:

  • Global Economies: Asia and the U.S.
  • China's Economy: Growth and Global Connections
  • Globalization and Professional Mobility
  • Asian American History

In her most recent study, Dr. Mays examined how formerly state-dominated industries in China have evolved over the past 20 years to now include an array of organizational forms including private firms, joint ventures, and foreign firms, as well as state-owned and state-invested firms.  Her study "Rapid Advance: High Technology in China in the Global Electronic Age" examines how the semiconductor industry in China evolved from a being a state-owned and technologically-backward industry in the late 1980s to being an important contributor in the global semiconductor industry in the 21st century.  This study examines China's domestic economic reforms as well as its ever-increasing global integration.

Prior to UT, Dr. Mays was at Columbia University in New York City where she was a Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the five-year Hofstadter Fellowship and the Weatherhead Fellowship, among other grants and fellowships.  Susan Mays holds a PhD from Columbia University in Global Economic History (Asia/China focus), an MA from Harvard University in East Asian Studies (China focus), an MS from Stanford in Engineering-Economic Systems, and a BS from Purdue in Industrial Engineering.  

Prior to academia, Dr. Mays worked in business and technology with Fortune 500 companies, initially as an engineer and later as a managment consultant with A.T.Kearney.  With A.T.Kearney, much of her work centered on global supply chains, and thus Dr. Mays has worked in a number of countries.  Dr. Mays first traveled to China in 1993, and since 1999, her work has been primarily focused on China and East Asia, including periods of living and working in China.  She continues to spend summers in Beijing, teaching at Peking University.  Along with scholarly work, Dr. Mays advises businesses and other organizations on issues related to China.  Dr. Mays lived and worked in New York City for nearly 20 years before relocating to Austin.

Courses


ANS 361 • Global Economies: Asia & Us

31680 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AAS 325)

Flag: Global Cultures

 This course introduces key trends in the economies of the US and Asia, with emphasis on the links between these two major trading blocs.  The class addresses the rise of China and India as well as the development of Japan, the “Tiger” economies, and Southeast Asia.  The course examines the connections between Asia and the US in trade and outsourcing, technology and knowledge transfer, and historical and contemporary alliances.  Importantly, the class addresses professional and labor migration between Asia and the US, including the growth of the Asian American population and a globalized professional class.  The approach is historical and comparative (quantitative analysis is not required), and the reading includes scholarly works and case studies, as well as selections from business and journalism.

 

Grade Distribution: 

15%    Class Participation

45%    3 Quizzes (non-cumulative)

20%    Paper (~6 pages)

20%    Group Project

 

 

ANS 361 • Global Economies: Asia & Us

30801 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 220
(also listed as AAS 325)

FLAG: Global Cultures

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course introduces key trends in the economies of the US and Asia, with emphasis on the links between these two major trading blocs.  The class addresses the rise of China and India as well as the development of Japan, the “Tiger” economies, and Southeast Asia.  The course examines the connections between Asia and the US in trade, technology and knowledge transfer, and outsourcing, considering key sectors such as manufacturing, technology, finance, and infrastructure.  Importantly, the class addresses professional and labor migration between Asia and the US, including the growth of the Asian American population and a globalized professional class.  The approach is historical and comparative (quantitative analysis is not required), and the reading includes scholarly works and case studies as well as articles by business leaders, industry analysts, and journalists.

AAS 312 • Intro To Asian American Hist

35260 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 220
(also listed as HIS 317L)

Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course examines major themes in Asian American history circa 1800 to the present, focusing on Americans of East, South, and Southeast Asian heritage.  With a flag for Cultural Diversity, this class explores Asian American history as an integral part of US history while also considering the social, cultural, and economic experiences of an ethnic group as it sought equality in the United States.  The class covers the diverse histories of Asian Americans, while identifying struggles that were common to Asian Americans as they immigrated, established citizenship, and built lives, careers, and communities in the United States.  Given the rapid growth of the Asian American population in recent decades, the course explores drivers of emigration from Asia, including the rapid economic growth of Asian economies in recent decades, as well as the changing landscape for Asian Americans in the US and abroad.  The course is organized by topic, and it makes use of scholarly articles, journalistic accounts, biographies, and documents by community leaders and organizations.

AAS 325 • Globlztn/Asian Profssnl Moblty

36271 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM SAC 5.102

AAS325: Globalization and Asian Professional Mobility

This course examines how economic trends in the world economy in the late 20th and early 21st centuries have contributed to the formation of a global professional class.  The course asks how upward mobility, both professional and economic, is affected by globalization and technological trends.  The emphasis is on the financial, managerial, and technical elite in the U.S., Greater China, India, and other South and East Asian nations.  The course begins by considering macro-economic trends and then it addresses the following topics: migration, social networks, and economic mobility; technology and global knowledge diffusion; international education and today’s “global” universities; programs in Asia to foster tech and economic development; labor markets and income distribution; and how "social capital" (i.e., institutions, norms, and relationships) supports a global professional class.  We will read scholarly works on the above topics, as well as works by journalists, economists, and business leaders.

2 Flags: Global Cultures; Cultural Diversity

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