Raphael Shen, S.J.

Raphael Shen, S.J.

Professor of Economics
Department Chair

Raphael Shen, S.J.
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 315
Phone: 313-993-1738
Raphael Shen, S.J.
Areas of Expertise:
Culture - China
Culture - Eastern Europe
Economic Development
Economic System and Resources
Economy of Eastern Europe


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • B.A., Berchmans College


Professor of Economics and department chair, Fr. Shen teaches courses in macroeconomics, microeconomic theory/analysis, comparative economic systems, development economics and resource economics. His publications and presentations have dealt mainly with transitional economies in Eastern Europe.

His most recent publication is "The Political Economy of China's Systemic Transformation 1979-Present: Successes, Obstacles, Anomalies," with Victoria Mantzopoulos of the Political Science Department at Detroit Mercy.

Fr. Shen is a member of the Midwest Economic Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

Fr. Shen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Berchmans College and master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. He came to Detroit Mercy in 1977.



    The Political Economy of China's Systemic Transformation 1979-Present: Successes, Obstacles, Anomalies (with Victoria Mantzopoulos). Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011.

    China's Economic Reform: An Experiment in Pragmatic Socialism. Praeger Publishers, 2000.

    The Restructuring of Romania's Economy: A Paradigm of Flexibility and Adaptability. Praeger Publishers, 1997..

    Ukraine's Economic Reform: Obstacles, Errors, Lessons . Praeger Publishers, 1995.

    Restructuring the Baltic Economies: Disengaging 50 Years of Integration with the U.S.S.R. Praeger Publishers, 1994.

    Economic Reform in Poland and Czechoslovakia: Lessons in Systemic Transformation. Praeger Publishers, 1993.

    The Polish Economy: Legacies from the Past, Prospects for the Future. Praeger Publishers, 1992.


    Recent journal articles:

    “China’s Economic Restructuring through Induced Capital Inflows.” (with Victoria Mantzopoulos). Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies.  Vol. IV. Jan. 2011. 
    “China’s Foreign Trade Reform:  Retrospect and Prospect.” (with Victoria Mantzopoulos).  Journal of Global Business Development.  Vol. 2, No. 2,  2009.