Graduate Student Directory
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.
Xiao Chang graduated with BAs in Economics and Law from China Foreign Affairs University in 2015. She was admitted to the master program in Economics at Ludwig- Maximilians University of Munich. She is the first participant of the academic exchange program between University of Notre Dame and Ludwig- Maximilians University of Munich. Her research interest is in development 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.
Nick Kirby grew up in Newark, Delaware, where he obtained his B.S. in Economics in 2013, with a concentration in Economic Theory and Econometrics from the University of Delaware. Two years later, he obtained an M.S. in Economics, again from the University of Delaware. His research interests include applied microeconomics and industrial organization.
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 is from China. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Yale University and his Masters of Science degree, also in economics, at the University of WisconsinMadison. His research interests include health, labor, development, and applied microeconomics.
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 in 2010 with a B.A. in Social Welfare, 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 applied microeconomics and development.
Carlos Rondón Moreno
Carlos Rondón Moreno obtained a BA and a MA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining the University of Notre Dame, Carlos worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. During his tenure at these institutions, Carlos participated in several research projects regarding Economic Development and Macroeconomic Stability in Latin America and the Caribbean. His research interests are international finance and monetary policy in Emerging Countries. In these areas, Carlos is mostly interested in extreme events such as Financial Bubbles and Sudden Stops.
Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Linh received her B.A. in Finance and Banking from National Economics University of Vietnam in 2012 and Master's degree in Economics from Duke University in 2014. Her research interests include International Finance, Financial Economics and Monetary policy.
Wei Qian is from China, and she earned her Bachelor's degree of Science with first-class honours from National University of Singapore. While she studied quantitative finance, she also took courses from faculty of arts and completed a second major in economics. She was a teaching assistant for two undergraduate economic modules. She is interested in macroeconomics and public economics.
Reyes Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), with a dissertation about the implementation of numerical optimization algorithms to solve partial differential equations systems arising from the Black and Scholes Model. Before enrolling at Notre Dame, he worked as Director of Financial Analysis of Subnational Governments at the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), where he contributed to the development of financial models to provide a general diagnose of local states with high levels of debt.
Sara Esfahani is broadly interested in development and growth, international economics, and macroeconomics. Her current research studies misallocation in the context of agriculture in Africa. Her previous work was on structural change in an open economy. Sara holds a MA in Economics from Bowling Green State University and a BS in Theoretical Economics from Allameh Tabatabai University of Tehran. Sara has also worked as a financial analyst and time-series specialist in the past at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. She came back to school to pursue her life-time goal and work on her PhD in Economics at University of Notre Dame in fall of 2013.
Jianyu Lu graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Washington in Seattle. His research interests lie in International Trade and Macroeconomics.
Trung Ly graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Finance and a Master's degree in Economics. He is interested in both the Micro and Macro aspect of Labor Economics. As a research assistant for Dr. Anne Winkler at UMSL, he helped prepare the materials for the 7th edition of The Economics of Women, Men, and Work (Pearson), worked on some research projects, and assisted in teaching undergraduate-level courses.