Mahmoud El-Gamal is a Professor of Economics and Statistics, a Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, and also holds the Chair in Islamic Economics, Finance, and Management at Rice University. He has previously served as chair of the economics department from 2008 to 2011. He also sits on the editorial board of the Review of Middle-East Economics and Finance and serves as a research fellow and on the scientific committee for the Economic Research Forum (Cairo). Professor El-Gamal received his PhD from Northwestern and has previously held posts at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the International Monetary Fund, and the California Institute of Technology. His areas of expertise include international economics and finance, econometrics, behavioral economics, and Islamic law and finance.