Peter Rodriguez

Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University


Peter Rodriguez is dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is also an economist and teaches classes on global macroeconomics and economic growth and development.

Peter was formerly senior associate dean for degree programs and chief diversity officer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He also held the role of associate dean for International Affairs and led the development and launch of the Global Executive MBA program. Previously a lecturer at Princeton University, and a professor at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, Peter served on the faculty of Semester at Sea and has taught in universities around the world. 

An active researcher, his interests include the interaction of globalization, economic development, and social institutions, the consequences of corruption for multinationals and seed-stage finance in emerging markets.

Peter holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University. He worked for several years as an associate in the Global Energy Group at JP Morgan Chase. Peter and his wife Kathleen live in Houston, Texas and have three children, Gabriella, Sam and Michael.

Sessions: Reception: Elite Scholars and Emerging Professionals