Ann Mari May is a professor of economics of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with courtesy appointments in the departments of history, women’s studies, and agricultural economics. She is a gender specialist working most recently on higher education and the impact of unionization on the representation women in research universities, graduate education and STEM fields, occupational segregation in red versus blue states, and gender differences in views of economists on contemporary public policy issues in the US and in Europe. She has also conducted archival research examining the history of women in the American Economic Association and the history of women and higher education. Her current interests also include social neuroeconomics where she is working to examine gender differences in the neural systems supporting and affecting economically relevant behavior.
Her research has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, National Journal, Business Insider, Slate, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. May has appeared on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, Vermont Public Radio, and Nebraska Public Radio.
May is an accomplished teacher, having received numerous prestigious teaching awards including the Nebraska Professor of the Year (CASE) Award, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA), and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. May has served in a variety of administrative roles including 15 years of executive leadership in academic scholarly associations, faculty associate to the Chancellor, acting director and associate director for the Center for Great Plains Studies.