Founder Bios

Bruce Blonigen, Co-founder of SAIL:
Bruce Blonigen is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, former Head of the Department of Economics, and current Acting Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. His research and teaching interests are in international economics. He co-founded the SAIL program with Professor Bill Harbaugh in 2005 as a way to give back to the local community and to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to go to college.



Bill Harbaugh, Co-founder of SAIL:

Bill Harbaugh is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995; neuroeconomics, economic behavior of children, experimental. Harbaugh and Blonigen started the program in 2006 with 18 ninth graders, who learned about such topics as how markets work, international trade and environmental economics.