Associate Professor of Economics
This is a fascinating and essential time to be studying the economy! The world is transitioning and we are being confronted with unprecedented challenges. Economics has insights and tools to offer to the political, economic, and civic decision-makers of tomorrow.
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
BA, MA, University of Alabama
I try to educate my students about the benefits and the harms that result from the economy, and to illustrate how standard economics offers both remedies and impediments to our society doing better. The explorations are laden with value judgments and I aim to help my students identify, examine, and articulate their values. Undergraduate education is a time for building a framework for understanding and engaging society, and an economics course is a fertile place for that process. It entails dealing critically with new information through reasoning, writing, discussion, and further inquiry.
The undergraduate experience is a special moment in life. I fell in love with the campus adventure and feel privileged to have a life in the university. I thrive on thinking and learning about issues of consequence! Teaching is a pleasure, and my classrooms have a lot of interaction, competing points of view, serious reasoning, and usually a few laughs. I deeply appreciate and respect young people, and it is a treasure to learn with and from them. I hope to nurture my students' compassion and their hope, and for them to see in me a person of integrity who cares about them.
Courses: Spring 2014
Principles of Economics
History Mod Economic Thought
I have taught well over two dozen different courses over the years, but recently my other classes have been Environmental Economics and Capstone in Economics.
Work in progress: "The Accuracy and Ethics of Assuming Profit Maximization"
Find my vita here.
I enjoy reading and recommend to you these books, each of which I assigned in one or another of my classes:
- Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing From Economic Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth
- The End of Overeating. Taking Control of the Insatiable American Diet by David Kessler
- Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini
Family With friends
Took a pilgrimage to
Cardiff in 2013!