Economics Department Faculty

We are excited and proud to welcome our two new faculty hires, Kelly Jones, who specializes in development, and Sung Ah Bahk, who specializes in labor economics.  

Faculty by area of specialization:


Walter Park Professor and Department Chair, Economics CAS - Economics

Walter Park works on the economics of technology, growth, and development. He focuses, in particular, on intellectual property systems, R&D spending, multinational firms, and international knowledge t

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Robert Berman Adjunct Instructor CAS - Economics

Adjunct at AU and founding principal of Berman Economics, an economics consulting firm specializing in resource economics and financial, economic and market analyses; developing market-based solutions

  (202) 885-3770

Robert Blecker Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, global trade imbalances, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to expo

  (202) 885-3767

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Robert Feinberg Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Feinberg received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD from the University of Virginia. He taught for ten years on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University, has served as

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Luciano Floridi Distinguished Scholar in Residence

Luciano Floridi ( is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire – where he holds the Research Chair in Philosophy of Information and the UNESCO Chair in

Maria Floro Professor CAS - Economics

Maria S. Floro is Professor of Economics at American University in Washington DC and co-director of the Graduate Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE). Her publications include books on Infor

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Boris Gershman Associate Professor CAS - Economics

Boris Gershman has been on the faculty of American University since 2012. Born and raised in Moscow, he came to the United States in 2007 and earned his PhD degree in Economics from Brown University i

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Amos Golan Professor CAS - Economics

Amos Golan directs the Info-Metrics Institute at AU. His main area of research is information, information processing and optimal decision rules based on efficient use of information (Info-Metrics).

  (202) 885-3783

Ignacio Gonzalez Garcia Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Prof. González joined the department in 2017. Before joining AU, he was postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia University. His research focuses on the connections between financial markets and ineq

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Bernhard Gunter Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Dr. Gunter is an international scholar in development economics. His areas of expertise include development macroeconomics, debt sustainability analysis, and the social impact of globalization. He is

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Mary Eschelbach Hansen Professor CAS - Economics

Mary Eschelbach Hansen is an expert in U.S. social policy. She is widely published in the fields of child policy, bankruptcy, and economic history. Her work addresses key issues in race, gender, and e

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Thomas Husted Professor CAS - Economics

My research examines the political economy of various government expenditure programs, including primary and secondary education, income redistribution, and federal disaster aid.

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John Ifediora Adjunct Professor

John Ifediora is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin System. He is an economist and attorney at law with special emphasis on law and Economics, public policy analysis, devel

Alan Isaac Professor CAS - Economics

Alan G. Isaac is working on agent-based models with applications to the intergenerational transmission of wealth and to epidemiology. He also does research in Post Keynesian macroeconomics, broadly de

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Alison Jacknowitz Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Alison Jacknowitz is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University and a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy.

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Kelly Jones Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Jones is an applied microeconomist and whose research focuses on evaluating the impacts of various economic policies and interventions on gender equality and welfare. She previously served

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Evan Kraft IR Sr Professorial Lectur CAS - Economics

Evan Kraft specializes in the economics of transition, monetary policy and banking issues. He served as Director of the Research Department and Adviser to the Governor of the Croatian National Bank. H

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Gregory Lane Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

I am a development economist with a focus on how new technologies impact agriculture, small firms, and labor markets in developing countries. I currently have active research projects in Bangladesh, K

Daniel Lin Professorial Lecturer CAS - Economics

Daniel Lin's areas of research are industrial organization, the theory of the firm, and the economics of political behavior. His focus is on the organizational evolution of the entertainment industrie

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Robin Lumsdaine Professor KSB - Finance and Real Estate

Robin Lumsdaine joined the Kogod School of Business at American University as the Crown Prince of Bahrain Chair in International Finance. She was previously an Associate Director in the Division of Ba

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Gabriel Mathy Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

My research and teaching interest are currently focused on the macroeconomics of the Great Depression, and on macroeconomics and economic history more generally. I received my PhD and MA degrees from

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Mieke Meurs Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CAS CAS - Economics

Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Meurs has recently taught Heterodox Microeconomics, Political Economy, and a Complex Problems course called What's It Worth? Her research and publicati

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Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics in American University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. His areas of expertise are development macroeconomics, energy economics

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Juan Montecino Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Montecino’s research focuses on the macroeconomic and development consequences of international financial liberalization, as well as issues related to finance and inequality. He obtained his

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Walter Park Professor and Department Chair, Economics CAS - Economics

Walter Park works on the economics of technology, growth, and development. He focuses, in particular, on intellectual property systems, R&D spending, multinational firms, and international knowledge t

  (202) 885-3774

Arturo Porzecanski Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Professor Porzecanski, Distinguished Economist in Residence and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer, is an expert in international finance, emerging markets and Latin American economics. He previously

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Kara Reynolds Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, CAS CAS - Economics

Prof. Reynolds joined the department in 2003 after completing her PhD at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include the political economy of trade protection, particularly antidumping

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Shirin Sabetghadam Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Prof. Sabetghadam fields of interest are Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics and Public Policy.Her research areas are finding the effects of different

Larry Sawers Senior Economist in Residence CAS - Economics

Professor Sawers research interests are Global Health and Economic Development. Much of his recent research has focused on costing health interventions.

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Xuguang Sheng Associate Professor CAS - Economics

Xuguang Simon Sheng is an Associate Professor of Economics at American University. His research interests include time series econometrics, monetary policy and business cycles. He has published in Jou

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Stephen Silvia Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Stephen Silvia teaches international economics, international relations and comparative politics. He researches comparative labor employment relations, and comparative economic policy, with a focu

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Ralph Sonenshine Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Sonenshine is an Assistant Professor of Economics at American University. Ralph combines an academic background in industrial organization, international economics, and economic history with

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John Willoughby Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Willoughby has recently returned from a two-year stay in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates where he helped create an undergraduate economics program at the new American University of Sharjah. He

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Jon Wisman Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Wisman teaching interests are: History of Economic Thought, Methodology, History, Introductory Macroeconomics. His research spans a broad spectrum of domains from history of economic thought

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Mahmud Yesuf Associate Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Yesuf’s expertise are development economics, natural resource and environmental economics, and applied micro-econometrics. His research focuses on the interface between economics and natur

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Emeriti Faculty

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Affiliated with Our Info-Metrics Summer Program

John Geweke, University of Iowa,

William Greene, New York University,

Alastair Hall, University of Manchester & North Carolina State,
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John Rust, University of Maryland,

Eric Zivot, University of Washington,