Graduate Student Directory
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.
Lucas Benson is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematical Economics in 2018 from Marquette University. His research interests include labor economics and industrial organization.
Colin Davison grew up in Columbus, Ohio. In 2015, he received a B.A. in Economics from Miami University. Then, 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 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, 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.
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 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 and land market liberalization. Her previous research includes a study of the impact of international trade on structural transformation.
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.
Will Jianyu Lu
Will’s research is at the intersection of development economics and trade, focusing on how market integration affect the growth in developing countries. His job market paper focuses on the impact of China’s Trunk Highway System on firms away from the metropolitan center and explores the channels through which change in growth occurs. His research papers, CV and additional information can be found on his website.
Trung Ly's field of research is macroeconomics, with a particular focus on labor markets. He is particularly interested in the effects of changes in the minimum wage on the economy. His current research analyzes if there is crowding out in the labor market and how firms respond by changing the types of jobs they open following a minimum wage change. His research papers and teaching materials can be found on his website.
Ronald Mau - Post Doc
Ronald is broadly interested in banking, macroeconomics, and monetary policy. His job market paper focuses on the interaction of conventional and unconventional monetary policy instruments. A copy of his job market paper, additional research, CV, and teaching materials can be found on his website.