Emily Northrop

Notable Achievements

Professor of Economics Emily Northrop, who also serves on the Environmental Studies Program Committee, authored a lengthy commentary, “University Faculty Passes Resolution to Urge Climate Legislation,” that was published in the June issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sustainability: The Journal of Record.​

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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.

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.

Education

Northrop received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA and MA from the University of Alabama. 

  • 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.

    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.

    Education

    Northrop received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA and MA from the University of Alabama. 

  • “University Faculty Passes Resolution to Urge Climate Legislation,” commentary in Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 2018.

    “A Stable Climate or Economic Growth” in The Review of Social Economy, 2017.

    A book review of The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World written by William Nordhaus, published in Review of Political Economy in 2015.

    “Economic Cost of a Western Diet” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues, edited by Ken Albala, SAGE Publications, 2015.

    “Food, the Environment, and A Good Standard of Living” in A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation, edited by Richard P.F. Holt and Daphne T. Greenwood, M.E. Sharpe, 2014.

    A book review of Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson and The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg, published in Eastern Economics Journal in 2014.

    “The Accuracy, Market Ethic, and Individual Morality Surrounding the Profit Maximization Assumption” published in The American Economist, Fall 2013