Graduate Student Directory
"Henry Downes is from Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated with a BA in Economics from The University of Alabama in 2015. After UA, Henry led cross-country bicycle rides with the Fuller Center for Housing, and then served as a consultant and research specialist for the State Government of Tennessee in Nashville. His research interests include development and health economics."
Carson Homme grew up in Kennewick, WA before graduating in 2011 from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Economics and United States History. He served and is still serving as an Infantry officer in the United States Army with combat deployments to Afghanistan and operational deployments to South Korea. The Department of Social Sciences at West Point has selected Carson to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics, and following the completion of this program, he will return to the Academy to serve as an instructor. He resides in South Bend with his wife Kate, sons Clarke and Callian, and two dogs, Henry and Howie. He is most interested in the study of applied microeconomics with a focus on labor and behavioral economics.
Ethan Jenkins is from Chicago, although he spent fourteen years living in Uganda and Rwanda. He graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College in December 2018. His research interests include labor and health economics.
Soo Kim grew up in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a B.A. and M.A. in Economics. His research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Economic Growth.
Teja Konduri is from India. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India and a master's in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute. Before joining the University of Notre Dame, Teja worked as a research associate at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and as a commodity derivatives trader at Futures First. His research interests include political economy, industrial organization and corporate finance.
Samson M’boueke was born and grew up in Cotonou, Benin. After completing his undergraduate studies in Statistics at the École Nationale d’Économie Appliquée et de Management (ENEAM), Benin, he went on to further his education at the African School of Economics (ASE) where he received a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (Econometrics track) and completed a subsequent year-long pre-doctoral program. Samson’s research interests include Macroeconomics and International Economics.
Andrés Pérez grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. He graduated from Universidad de la República with a B.A. in Economics and has M.A. studies in Economics at the Universidad de Montevideo. From 2016 to 2019 he worked as senior consultant at the consulting firm CPA Ferrere, mostly in topics related to competition and regulation. He also worked as a teaching assistant at both the Universidad de la República and Universidad de Montevideo. His research interests lie in industrial organization and applied microeconomics.
Lixia Ren grew up in Xinjiang, China. She received a B.A. in Management from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Before joining the PhD program at Notre Dame, she completed her graduate studies at National School of Development, Peking University, with major in Economics. Her research interests include Development Economics, Structure Change and Growth.
Irakli Shalikashvili received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia – School of Economics, Business and Management (2013). He obtained MA degree in 2015 from International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) and he also received MA degree in Applied Mathematics from Technical University of Georgia in 2017. After graduating ISET, he completed Teaching Fellowship Programme funded by CERGE-EI foundation. During 2015-2017 he was research assistant at ISET-PI (Policy Institute) private sector development research center. Currently, he is working as an invited lecturer (field - economics) in the University of Georgia and the European University (Georgia, Tbilisi). His research interests include Macroeconomics, Development Economics and International economics.
Guillermo Verduzco Bustos
Guillermo is from Mexico City. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). After graduating, he worked as an Economist at the Research Directorate of the Central Bank of Mexico. His research interests include Applied Time Series Econometrics, Macroeconomics and Financial Economics.
Herbert Zhang graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a B.A. in Finance. He received his Master in Applied Economics in 2018 from University of Michigan. His research interests lie in labor economics and macroeconomics. He focuses on the topics pertaining to inequality, human capital and long-run growth.
Danchen Zhao grew up in China. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics in 2019 from University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include applied macroeconomics.
Michael Baker grew up in Texas. In 2010, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Economics. Over the last eight years he has served in various command and staff posions as an Armor and Cavalry officer in the United States Army, completing a combat deployment to Afghanistan and operational deployments to Kuwait and South Korea. Michael is slated to serve as an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point following completion of the Ph.D. program. He is married to his wife, Heather, and has two daughters: Ella and Violet. He is most interested in the study of econometrics.
Colin Davison grew up in Columbus, Ohio. In 2015 he received a B.A. in Economics from Miami University. After graduating he spent three years working as a market research analyst for Nielsen in Chicago. His research interest is in development economics.
Sinyoung Lee is from Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a B.A. in Economics. Her research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy. In these areas, she is mostly interested in the implications of uncertainty and expectation formation onto macroeconomic events.
Brianna Felegi grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Economics and minor in Actuarial Science from the University of Florida. Her research interests include labor, health and education economics.
Jonas Nauerz grew up in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics in 2016 from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany with studies abroad at the University of Iceland. He obtained a M.Sc. in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. He also worked as a teaching assistant at both the Goethe University and Stockholm School of Economics. His research interests include Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, and International Economics.
Paul Shaloka grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Applied Statistics in 2018 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include labor and behavioral economics.
Seunghoon Baek is from Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from Sungkyunkwan University with a B.A. in Economics. His research interests include labor economics and education economics. He focuses on the topics pertaining to inequality, human capital, and discrimination.
Martina Cha is from Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2015, she graduated from Universidad ORT Uruguay with a Bachelor in Economics. Since March 2014 until June 2017 Martina worked as a Research Analyst at the advisory firm Willis Towers Watson, having previously interned there in 2013. While there, she was part of their Benefits Data Source unit. Her research interests include gender economics and behavioral economics.
Yixuan Chen (Cheryl)
Yixuan Chen (Cheryl) earned her bachelor's degree with highest honors from Emory University. She majored in Economics and Psychology. Her research interests include health, labor and applied microeconomics.
Aram Derdzyan is from Armenia, where he worked as an Economist at Central Bank before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics (summa cum laude) from Yerevan State University (YSU). Aram has master degrees from YSU and International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) with majors in Business Administration and Economics. His research interests lie in Development Economics and Macroeconomics.
Astghik graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.A. in Economics from Yerevan State University (YSU) in 2010. She has Master degrees in Economics and Business Administration from YSU and International School of Economics at TSU (ISET). Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Astghik worked 4 years in the Economic Research department of Central Bank of Armenia. Her fields of interest are macroeconomics and development.
Vivek Moorthy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated with a B.S. in Financial Economics and a B.A. in Mathematics in 2016 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He then spent a year working as a Business Management Analyst at Northrop Grumman while working as a research assistant with a faculty member in the Department of Economics at UMBC. His research interests lie in public and development economics.
Giorgi Piriashvili received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia, Tbilisi. He graduated with M.A. in Economics from International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET). After graduation, he completed Teaching Fellowship Programme funded by CERGE-EI foundation, and then he was teaching Microeconomics and Industrial Organization at the University of Georgia, Tbilisi as an invited lecturer. At that time he was admitted to the master’s program in Applied Mathematics at Georgian Technical University. His research interests include Macroeconometrics, Industrial Organization, and Labor Economics.
Jonathan Rawls grew up in Suwanee, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. In 2017, he received two undergraduate degrees in Statistics and Economics and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgia. Prior to graduating from Georgia, he interned for two summers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in their Banking Supervision and Regulation department. His research interests include Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy.
Zhiyi Wei obtained a BA in Economics and an MA in Finance from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Before joining the University of Notre Dame, Zhiyi worked at Ernst & Young and a private equity firm in China. His research interests include Macroeconomics, Development Economics and International Economics.
Cary Balser grew up in Charleston, SC before attending and graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2008 with a BS in Mathematics. He served and is still serving in the Air Force as an Operations Research Scientific Analyst. In 2012, Cary graduated from George Mason University with a MA in Economics and returned to teach economics as a junior military faculty member at the Air Force Academy. Cary was selected by the Air Force to pursue a PhD in economics and will return to service afterwards. His is most interested in applied micro research especially labor, family, and behavioral economics.
Lan grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics in 2013 from Mount Union College. In 2014, he received his Master in Economics from Bowling Green State University. Before attending Notre Dame, he spent time at PwC and a commercial bank in Vietnam. His research interest include International Finance."
Tyler Giles grew up in Avondale, PA. In 2015, he completed his undergraduate studies at Mount St. Mary’s University with majors in economics and accounting and a minor in mathematics. As an undergraduate, he also spent time as a financial control intern with the J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank. His research interests include labor economics and economics of religion.
Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Isabel completed the Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Furthermore, she obtained a Master in International and Monetary Economics (double degree from University of Basel and University of Bern) while working as a Junior Analyst at the CIO office of Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Zurich, Switzerland, and a Bachelor’s degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, with studies abroad at Boston University. She has also worked as a research assistant at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the CesIfo Institute in Munich, Germany, as well as a teaching assistant at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany.
Her research interests include Monetary Economics, Macroeconomics and International Economics.
Qian Li is from China. She obtained a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Shandong Normal University in 2013 and earned an M.A. in Applied Economics from Georgetown University in 2015. Then she worked at the World Bank Group's Development Prospects Group as a research assistant. In the fall of 2016, she joined the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include international macroeconomics and time series econometrics.
Yuanhao Niu graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Beijing Language and Culture University in 2014. He then attended University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign for a Master's degree in Policy Economics. He specialized in Development Economics and also studied at Universidade de São Paulo (FEA/USP), Brazil. His research interests include Development Economics and Macroeconomics.
Shilpi Sunil Kumar
Shilpi Sunil Kumar is from India, and she earned her B.A. in Economics from University of Delhi, India. She has a MSc. in Economics from IGIDR, Mumbai (a leading research institute of Reserve Bank of India). Before joining the University of Notre Dame, Shilpi has worked with NIPFP, India as a consultant and with ICRIER, India as a Research Assistant. Her research interest includes Time Series and Macroeconomics.
Wenbo Li received his B.A. in Economics from Yale University and his M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include Environmental Economics and Labor Economics. His work focuses on air pollution and education. His job market paper studies the effect of road space rationing on air pollution in China.
Daniel Mershon earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Washington State University in 2010, and then started teaching middle school and high school mathematics. While teaching, he earned a second B.S. in Economics, worked as a volunteer research assistant, and wrote the novel, Erebus Rising (available on Amazon.com). His research interests include international finance and macroeconomics.
Chungeun Yoon graduated from Seoul National University, worked for four years with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (the South Korean government’s foreign assistance agency), and spent two years in Cambodia. Before coming to Notre Dame, he earned his M.A. in Economics from Georgia State University and worked as a research assistant. His research interests include labor and development, with a particular focus on immigration. His work centers on immigration, innovation, and migration in developing countries.
Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Linh received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from National Economics University of Vietnam in 2012 and Master's degree in Economics from Duke University in 2014. Her current work is in the field of development economics, focusing on agriculture, urban-rural migration and land market liberalization. Her previous research studies the impact of international trade on structural transformation.
Wei Qian is a sixth-year Ph.D. student at the University of Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are the study of macroeconomic relationships, particularly relating to the housing market, using micro and macro data sources. Her job market paper quantifies the causal impact of consumers' house price expectations on their household spending by analyzing individual responses from a randomized controlled experiment. Wei Qian received her B.S. in Quantitative Finance from the National University of Singapore.