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Faculty & Staff

Ben Baker

Ben Baker
M.A. University of South Carolina

I'm a certified public accountant, and I teach introductory, intermediate accounting, and cost accounting. 

Mark Foley

Mark C. Foley
Ph.D.  Yale University

I teach courses in game theory, econometrics, statistics, labor economics, microeconomic theory, and behavioral economics, an interdisciplinary subfield that blends psychological insights with economic models. 

Shyam Gouri Suresh

Shyam Gouri Suresh
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

I teach courses in macroeconomics and international trade. The focus of my research is macroeconomics, international economics, computational economics, and development economics.

Barrett Kollme

Barrett Kollme
M.B.A. Duke University

I teach introductory finance. My professional experience provides a unique perspective on the financial concepts typically presented in a textbook.

Vikram Kumar

Vikram Kumar (Chair)
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

I teach courses in macroeconomics and international trade and finance. My interests include international trade and finance, macroeconomic theory, and history of economic thought.

Dave Martin

Dave Martin
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

I teach courses in environmental and natural resource economics, statistics, finance, econometrics, and environmental studies.

Clark Ross

Clark Ross
Ph.D. Boston College

My teaching interests include introductory economics, labor economics, comparative economic systems and economic transition, and U. S. economic history.

Fred Smith

Fred Smith
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

I teach introductory economics, intermediate microeconomics, and public economics. My research focuses on urban economic history, so I also teach courses in urban economics and American economic history.

Alica Sparling

Alica Sparling (On Leave 2017-18 Academic Year)
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I teach health economics both for major and non-majors, as well as principles and intermediate microeconomic theory. The focus of my research is health economics.

Caleb Stroup

Caleb Stroup (On Leave 2017-18 Academic Year)
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

I teach courses in macroeconomics, financial economics, and econometrics. My recent research studies how firms behave and markets perform in the face of uncertainty.

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Brian L. Zurowski
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

I teach courses in intermediate microeconomic theory, financial economics and industrial organization. My current research focus is personal finance.


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Cheryl Branz
Administrative Assistant

I support and assist the faculty and students in the Economics Department. I am responsible for maintaining daily operations and general office management.