Felix Rioja joined Tulane in 2018 as the Scott and Marjorie Cowen Chair in Latin American Social Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. He is also affiliated with the Stone Center of Latin American Studies at Tulane. Professor Rioja specializes in international macroeconomics, economic growth, and financial economics. He has written articles on the effects of public infrastructure and education on economic growth, welfare, and the distribution of wealth and income. He has also written on the effects of the financial system on growth, poverty reduction and inequality. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Economics Dynamics and Control among others. Rioja has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and on policy advisory projects for Brazil, Jamaica, Paraguay, and Russia. He has been interviewed and quoted by various news media including CNN.