Graduate Student Directory
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. E-mail
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." E-mail
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. E-mail
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. E-mail
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. E-mail
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. E-mail
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 trade, development, 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 holds a BS in Theoretical Economics from Allameh Tabatabai University of Tehran and a MA in Economics from Bowling Green State University. Before coming to Notre Dame, she worked as a financial analyst and time-series specialist 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 2013. Her fields of interest are macroeconomics, development and growth, and trade. In particular structural transformation, resource misallocation and productivity.
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.
Jeehoon Han's main fields of interest are public economics and labor economics. His job market paper examines the effect of SNAP expansions on participation in health and other nutrition programs. A copy of his job market paper, his contact information, and his CV can be found here on his website
Hau Nguyen Is from Vietnam. He holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York (2011). His fields of research are Labor Economics and Public Economics.
Dasha Safonova joined the Ph.D. program in 2012 after receiving a B.S.B.A. from Old Dominion University. Dasha's research interests are financial intermediation, monetary policy, and macroprudential regulation. Her overall research agenda is to develop a theoretical framework in which she can examine general equilibrium effects of policies that target financial institutions. In her current work, Dasha analyzes interbank lending market through the lens of network theory, aiming to evaluate how developments in this market affect the overall economy.
Ying Shen's research interests lie in Applied Microeconomics and Labor Economics, with an emphasis on innovation, high-skill immigration and higher education. Her job market paper focuses on examining the impacts of foreign undergraduate students on U.S. higher education. She expects to graduate from Notre Dame in the spring of 2017. A copy of her job market paper, her contact information, and her CV can be found on her website