Faculty & Staff
Courses normally taught: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Women in Labor Force, Forensic Economics, Introduction to Queer Studies
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Evolution of the Western Economy. I have also taught courses in gender and economics, the evolution of social policy, and the Great Depression and 20th century economic history.
My research is mainly focused on labor markets and female labor supply in early-twentieth-century Britain, with a particular interest in poverty and the household dynamics of labor supply. I have published one article exploring the origins and impact of early minimum-wage legislation in Britain, and another on the determinants of female labor supply in interwar London. My current works in progress include examinations of the work and wages of female home workers around the turn of the 20th century, household labor supply in interwar London, and the labor market impact of transportation and commuting patterns in 1930s London. Most recently, I have begun a new research project exploring female labor during and after the First World War in Britain.
- “The Trade Boards Act of 1909 and the Alleviation of Household Poverty” (with George Boyer), British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 47, 2 (June 2009).
- “’To help keep the home going’: Female Labor Supply in Interwar London” forthcoming, Economic History Review (2014).
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, History of Economic Thought, International Finance
Courses normally taught: Intermediate Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Mathematical Economics
Courses normally taught: Introduction to & Intermediate Microeconomics, Econometrics, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Macroeconomics, Economic Justice, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, History of Economic Thought II
Courses normally taught: Introduction to & Intermediate Macroeconomics, Introductory Microeconomics, Economic Development, Economic Growth & Environmental Sustainability
- Econ 101 - Intro Macroeconomics
- Econ 301 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Econ 411 - Monetary Theory
- Econ 440 - The Political Economy of Globalization
- Econ 441 - The Political Economy of the Middle East
My current research is on the political economy of Social Security reform. The Social Security Amendments of 1939 put the program on its modern trajectory. A pay-as-you-go approach to financing the program was firmly established and benefits were granted to spouses of retired workers and to dependents of deceased workers. These changes were made based on the recommendations of an Advisory Council on Social Security that was composed of members representing employers, employees, and the public. Two prominent economists of the period, Paul Douglas and Alvin Hansen, were among those members of the council chosen to represent the public.
I am currently involved in investigating their role in shaping the council's recommendations. I am particularly interested in how their views of the economic issues of the day shaped their analysis of the council's work.
Outside Interests: Controller for the Energy Cooperative
Courses normally taught: Accounting Survey
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Econometrics, Consumer Economies, Mathematical Macroeconomics
- ECON 101, sections 7&8, Introductory Macroeconomics
- ECON 240, section 1, Economies in Transition
Currently teaching: Introductory Macroeconomics and Economic Development in the third world
Courses normally taught: Introduction to Microeconomics, Income Inequality, Environmental Economics