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    American University
    Jul 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
American University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



Chair  Kara M. Reynolds

Full-Time Faculty

Professor  R.A. Blecker, R. Feinberg, A. Golan, M. Hansen, T. Husted, A. Isaac, M. Meurs, W. Park, K. Reynolds, X. Sheng, J. Willoughby, J.D. Wisman
Associate Professor  C. Callahan, B. Gershman, N. Larson, G. Mathy, P. Sullivan, M. Yesuf
Assistant Professor  S. Bahk, M. Caballero, I. Gonzalez Garcia, B. Gunter, K. Jones, A. Mohseni-Cheraghlou, J. Montecino, N. Radchenko
Senior Professorial Lecturer  E. Kraft, R. Sonenshine
Professorial Lecturer  D. Lin
Affiliate Faculty  A. Jacknowitz, R. Lumsdaine, S. Silvia

Emeriti Faculty

Professor Emeritus/a  W.D. Bowles, I.E. Broder, T.F. Dernburg, M. Floro, R. Hahnel, R.I. Lerman, L. Sawers, P.C. Thanh, H.M. Wachtel

Department Overview

The Department of Economics at American University prepares graduates to find answers to the important economic questions that face our global society, understanding economic problems in their domestic and international contexts. The university’s location in Washington, DC assists students and graduates in obtaining employment and internships in leading economic institutions, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, research institutes, and the treasury, labor, and commerce departments.

The Department of Economics embraces a pluralistic approach to economics that includes neoclassical, Keynesian, and institutional economics as well as political economy. International economic issues are emphasized, as are such socially-important topics as the economic analysis of gender and studies of economic growth and income distribution. The study of economic history, the history of economic thought, and alternative economic methodologies alert students to divergent perspectives in economics and to the role of institutions in economic outcomes.

Economics programs are designed to allow students the flexibility of a double major with other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences  or with programs in other schools within AU. Within the Economics (BA)  students choose the general or international track. Students in the Economics (BS)  program gain the analytic and quantitative skills necessary for research positions and master’s-level study in Economics. The Mathematics and Economics (BS)  prepares students for a broad range of experiences including PhD-level work in economics.

The Economics (MA)  offers an applied economics track as well as tracks in development economics, financial economics, and gender analysis in economics. An online track in applied economics is also available. The Economics (PhD)  offers a choice of theory tracks in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and heterodox economics, as well as a range of applied fields. For more information on these programs, please contact the Economics Department at

Study Abroad

American University’s AU Abroad  program offers study abroad programs in which students take courses, participate in internships, and interact with public officials and political leaders. Students wishing to use courses from study abroad programs to count as their capstone must obtain approval of the undergraduate advisor.

Honor Society

A chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society, is active on campus. Membership requires an overall grade point average of 3.25 and a grade point average of 3.50 in economics courses. Consult the undergraduate advisor for further eligibility requirements.

Special Opportunities

Several student prizes are awarded usually each spring:

The Robert T. Adams Scholarship in support of an outstanding student majoring in Economics with demonstrated financial need
The Simon Naidel Dissertation Fellowship in Economics
The Cary and Rick Barnett Award supporting an outstanding undergraduate majoring in economics
The Frank Tamagna Prize for excellence in international finance and monetary economics
The Ruth Dewey Meade Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research
The José Epstein Prize in Development Economics
The James Weaver Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Barbara Bergmann Graduate Fellowship for Gender Economics

Honors in Economics

The Honors in Economics  program provides several opportunities for outstanding students to engage in economic research with the department faculty.


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