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.
I have taught well over two dozen different courses over the years, and wherever appropriate I have focused on the effects of economic activities on the environment. Climate change will be central in my upcoming Advanced Entry Seminars and Paideia Seminar.
Climate Change Education
“Climate Change and the Liberal Arts” - Taught in 2017 and 2018
Climate Change across the Curriculum Initiative of Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program
- Director, 2016-2018
- Presented at AASHE Annual Conference, October 2017
“Teaching Climate Change” Faculty Development Workshop - Co-facilitator, Southwestern University, May 2017
AASHE Sustainability across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop - Participant trainee, January 2017
“Climate Change Journey: Awakening Depression Hope Empowerment” at World Fellowship, June 2018
“A Nonpartisan Climate Solution: Carbon Fee and Dividend” in multiple community settings
“Citizens Building Political Will” at online conference, The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures, 2016. Watch.
“Fossil Fuel: Burn MORE or Burn LESS?” at EconED Conference sponsored by Macmillan Publishing, 2016. Watch.
“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 Moralty Surrounding the Profit Maximization Assumption” published in The American Economist, Fall 2013.
I enjoy reading and recommend to you these books, each of which I assigned in one or another of my classes:
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
- This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
- 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
I also recommend:
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Took a pilgrimage to Cardiff in 2013!