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Leopoldo (Polo) Rodriguez
Leopoldo (Polo) Rodriguez

Office: East Hall 346
Phone: 503-725-8245

Associate Professor Polo Rodriguez grew up in two major cities in Latin America; Buenos Aires and Mexico City. The social contrasts and economic problems he witnessed growing up led him to seek solutions in the field of economics. His research interests are broad and interdisciplinary including international financial crises, international migration and rural development. Currently Polo has a strong interest in sustainability, particularly the critical assessment of biotechnologies applied to agriculture and the alternatives presented by agroecology. "My background in economics gives my courses a marked orientation; something that at times represents an unexpected challenge to students," Polo says. "I am passionate about what I teach and hope to get students fired up about the things that excite me."