Joseph Marchand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for a generous grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, examining what the future of energy means for labor markets, which is part of the Future Energy Systems initiative at the University of Alberta. He is also currently serving as Chair of the Minimum Wage Expert Panel for the Government of Alberta to assess the impacts of the province’s $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the liquor server differential. He has recently returned from a visiting position at the Grantham Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, following previous visits to the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Prior to joining the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, Joseph received his doctorate in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (where the social sciences are uniquely embedded within the policy school), a master’s degree in economics from New York University, and graduated as a Henry Rutgers Scholar with dual Honors with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University. Throughout his higher education, Joseph had continually worked as a Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University and as a Research Assistant in the School of Social Work at Columbia University and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.
Although the Canadian province of Alberta has been home for more than twelve years, Joseph is very much a product of the northeastern United States, having been born in the state of Massachusetts, and raised, educated, and employed in the states of New Jersey (i.e. Rutgers, Princeton) and New York (i.e. NYU, Columbia, Syracuse). Despite his American upbringing, Joseph is proud of his Canadian ancestry (tracing his family back through Quebec to at least the 1700s), his dual citizenship, and his broadened geographical scope across a greater North America. After all, living the Canadian dream is much like the American one (only slightly colder, slightly more francophone, and most likely denominated in Canadian rather than American dollars). If not in his office on campus or on a visit to another university, Joseph can be found at home or out rowing his boat, along with his wife (Beyza) and daughter (Alya Jean).