McDonough School of Business

Pietra Rivoli

Pietra Rivoli teaches international business in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Professor Rivoli has special interests in social justice issues in international business and in China. Her academic research has been published in numerous leading journals, and she is the recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute. This award recognizes Business School faculty who have been leaders in the integration of social and environmental issues into MBA curricula. 

Professor Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (2005, 2009, 2014), has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a pathbreaking study of globalization. Professor Rivoli’s book has received numerous awards and honors, which include being named one of the best business books of the year by the Financial Times, Booz Allen Hamilton, Foreign Affairs, the Library Journal, and In addition, the book was named as a finalist for the Inaugural Financial-Times-Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award. 

Professor Rivoli served 2 terms as Vice Dean in MSB, with overall responsibility for faculty and academic affairs. In 2018 she co-founded the Georgetown Pivot Program , which serves formerly incarcerated residents of the DC area by providing entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities.