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Mieke Meurs Professor and Department Chair, Economics CAS - Economics

Professor and Department Chair Meurs has recently taught Comparative Systems, Heterodox Microeconomics, Transition Economies, the Economics of Gender, and Political Economy.

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Core Faculty

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

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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 Assistant 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).G

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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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Alan Isaac Associate Professor CAS - Economics

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

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Evan Kraft Economist in Residence 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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Jessica Leight Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at American University, specializing in development economics and political economy. Previously, I served as an assistant professor of economics at Williams Co

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 Professor and Department Chair, Economics CAS - Economics

Professor and Department Chair Meurs has recently taught Comparative Systems, Heterodox Microeconomics, Transition Economies, the Economics of Gender, and Political Economy.

  (202) 885-3776

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Mohseni's research interests include development macroeconomics, social economics, political economy of the Middle East, and Islamic finance/economics. He has taught courses on micro/macroec

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Walter Park Professor 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

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Arturo Porzecanski Distinguished Economist in Residence SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Arturo C. Porzecanski, Distinguished Economist in Residence, is an expert in international finance, emerging markets and Latin American economics. He previously taught at Columbia University, New

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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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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, economic and financial forecasting. He has published in Jour

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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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Martha Starr Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Starr's research interests are consumption, saving, wealth, healthcare spending, health behaviors, regulation of tobacco products, healthcare antitrust, pharmaceuticals, markets for healthca

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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 Assistant Professor CAS - Economics

Professor Yesuf’s research interests include poverty, environment and development issues in low income countries, with a special focus on households’ behavioral issues (such as risk aversion). He has

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