Graduate Student Directory
Xinyi Li is from China. She graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics with a B.S. degree in Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance, and a master's degree in Finance. Before joining the PhD program at Notre Dame, she worked as a research assistant at Xiamen University for a year. Her research interests lie in development economics and labor economics.
Pietro Pellerito is from Romeo, Michigan and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kettering University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics. While attending Kettering he also did actuarial consulting work for Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) corporate risk brokerage department, working with hospitals to estimate costs of future general liability and physician malpractice claims. Pietro’s research interests include Developmental, Labor, and Public economics.
Andrés is originally from Tucumán, Argentina. He graduated from Universidad Nacional de Tucumán with a B.A. in economics and has M.A. studies in economics. After graduating he worked for a year in the Ministry of Productive Development of Tucumán. His main interests include Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics.
Nicholas Sweeney is from Lewistown, Montana. He graduated from the honors college at Montana State University Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. His research interests include applied micro economics.
Virna Vidal Menezes
Virna Vidal Menezes is from Fortaleza, Brazil. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, she received her B.A and M.A in Economics from the Federal University of Ceara (UFC) and worked as a research assistant at the Research Institute for Technology and Innovation (IPTI). Her research interests include applied microeconomics with a focus on the economics of education.
Originally from Catania, Italy, Dario Cardamone graduated with Honours First Class from Queen Mary, University of London, with a B.S. in Economics and Finance. After graduation, Dario earned a joint master’s degree in Economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Dario pursued a supplementary course in macro-prudential policy at the Center for Research in International Economics, while simultaneously serving as a research assistant at BGSE. His research interests span three broad areas at the intersection of macroeconomics, international economics and econometrics.
Anqi Chen grew up in China and the Netherlands. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University. Her research interests include Health Economics.
Vicki holds bachelor's degrees in economics and philosophy from Indiana University. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, she was a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Her primary interests include macroeconomics and monetary policy.
Alex Houtz was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He graduated with highest honors from Montana State University with a B.S. in Economics. His research interests center around the construction and testing of macroeconomic equilibrium models, specifically related to matters related to monetary policy.
Jacob Hukill is from Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from Belmont University in December 2019. His research interests include political economy, public economics and econometrics.
Christopher Monjaras is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Economics and Education. His research interests lie in applied microeconomics with particular attention to the economics of education.
Grace Ortuzar grew up in Santiago, Chile and Carmel, Indiana. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, she worked as a research associate at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame. In that role, she managed several large-scale randomized controlled trials in the areas of homelessness prevention and education. Prior to LEO, Grace gained experience in the non-profit sector developing programs for microentrepreneurs in Chile and worked for two years as a Research Analyst at RTI International in Boston. Grace graduated from Indiana University in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a minor in mathematics.
Steven Schone is from Boise, Idaho. He graduated cum laude with a BS in Economics and Minors in Political Science and Geology from Brigham Young University in 2020. While at BYU, he served as a writer and assistant editor for the BYU Political Review. He is most interested in Macroeconomics and Industrial Organization.
Tim Spilde is from St. Paul, Minnesota. Before coming to Notre Dame, he attended Normandale Community College and The University of St. Thomas. In 2020, he graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. His research interests include public, labor, and urban economics.
Ge Sun is from Shandong, China. She got her B.A. in International Business and Trade from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She continued with a dual-degree master program at Peking University with a major in Economics, accompanied by a major in Financial Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Her research interest lies in international economics.
Haley Wilbert grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Business Management. After graduation, Haley taught full time as a middle school math teacher in Heber, Utah, while simultaneously working as a research assistant at BYU. Her research interests lie in industrial organization and applied microeconomics.
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 housing, health and labor 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 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's primary field is Education Economics. She conducts research answering questions of how to improve access to education. Her research focuses on the primary, secondary and tertiary education markets within the United States and covers policy changes from 1900 to today. Brianna completed her Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Florida where she also received a minor in actuarial science.
Jonas Nauerz is a macroeconomist with a focus on labor market questions and the effects of government policies. He is particularly interested in how heterogeneity on a micro level such as age, gender, and marital status interacts with economic policy and the macroeconomy. Before joining Notre Dame, Jonas received an M.Sc. in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics and a B.Sc. in business administration and economics from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, with studies abroad at the University of Iceland. He also worked as a teaching assistant at the Goethe University and the Stockholm School of 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 worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Armenia before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics (with honors) from Yerevan State University (YSU) and an M.A. degree in Economics (with honors) from the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET). His research interests lie in Applied Macroeconomics, Energy Economics, and Development Economics.
Astghik graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Yerevan State University (YSU) in 2010 and a M.A. in Economics from the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) in 2013. Before joining the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame, Astghik worked 4 years in the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Armenia. Her fields of interest are international finance, sovereign debt and default, and development economics.
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 development and labor 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.
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."
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.
Isabel is a macroeconomist focusing on the transmission of monetary policy and the implications of structural changes on policy making. In her most recent work, she analyzes the role of the structure of the banking sector for the transmission of monetary policy. Before joining Notre Dame, Isabel completed the Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, received an M.Sc. in International and Monetary Economics from the Universities Basel and Bern, and a B.Sc. in Economics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.