Associate Professor of Economics
Ph.D. University of Oregon
B.S. Eastern Michigan University
What made you decide to specialize in economics and mathematics?
I have always enjoyed learning mathematics. As a working student, economics fit my schedule much better than other fields that are complementary to mathematics because it didn’t require laboratory work. My interest in economics grew as I encountered more advanced courses and discovered how powerful the field can be in the analysis of social and environmental issues.
What was your favorite course in college and why?
I really don’t have a favorite class but I do enjoy those that challenge me. In economics, game theory courses are usually very stimulating, and in mathematics I enjoy graph theory and abstract algebra.
What do you find most rewarding about teaching?
It’s exciting to see students discover new ideas. In general, I like being in an environment where exploration and discovery are valued.
What advice would you give current students or prospective students?
Choose a topic that interests you and take responsibility for your own learning. You’ll have a lot of great professors in college, but to get the most out of the experience, you must be self-motivated and develop your own strategies for learning.
What would you say to a student interested in pursuing a career in these fields?
For either economics or mathematics, I would suggest pursuing an area of specialization that is most interesting to you. Also, take as much linear algebra as you can. It’s unavoidable and always useful.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I read, exercise and watch movies. But mostly, I am working on another degree and therefore spend a lot of my free time studying mathematics.