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2021-2022 Year in Review

Departmental Accomplishments

The 2021-2022 academic year was a year of growth for the Department of Economics with several notable achievements. Our graduate program recruited its largest Ph.D. class in the history of the department, with ten students joining us in Fall 2021 to start their first year at Emory. The Department’s first ever African American faculty member joined our ranks.

Finally, we completed the approval process for two new pioneering programs: Economics/Computer Science joint major (which became available to current Emory students in Spring 2022) and 4+1 BA/MS (accepting applications in Fall 2022). We recruited four new faculty to join our Department next year: Zheng Fang, who comes to Emory from Texas A&M University; Maggie Jones who comes to Emory from University of Victoria in British Columbia; Hau Nguyen who comes to Emory from Seattle Pacific University; and Musa Ayar who will join us as Professor of Pedagogy.

Welcomed New Faculty to the Department in 2021

huang-wei.jpgAssistant Professor Wei Huang received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Dr. Huang came to Emory from the National University of Singapore; his research interests include public, labor, and health economics.  


David McMillonAssistant Professor David McMillon received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2021. Dr. McMillon’s research interests include stratification economics, economics of education, intergenerational mobility, and systemic racism.


Nobel Laureate Visit and Talk

In October of 2021, the Department of Economics was pleased to host a timely and engaging talk by Thomas J. Sargent, Nobel Laureate in economics and William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business at New York University on the topic of Economics of Artificial Intelligence: Growth, Jobs, Inequality.

Participants were invited to submit questions for Dr. Sargent to answer in the Q&A portion of his talk. Thank you to the 800+ people who registered for this event and to those who submitted questions for Dr. Sargent.

This event was free and open to the public. This Zoom event was recorded: Watch here

Nobel Laureate Visit and Talk

Our Largest Ph.D. Class

We welcomed our largest Ph.D. class in the history of the department in 2021, pictured here with David Jacho-Chavez, Director of Graduate Studies (far right) and Ian McCarthy, first-year Faculty Mentor (far right, second row).

First Year Graduate Students

Exciting New Joint Majors

Econ-CS Joint Major FlierThe Economics department now has three exciting joint majors including Econ/Math, Econ/Human Health, and the new Econ/Computer Science joint major, plus a new data science specialization

These majors are designed to equip students with the training to be successful in high-demand careers and preparation for advanced degrees. More information about all of our joint majors can be found here: Major-Minor-Courses

Economics Staff Recognized by The Laney Graduate School

Renee Sevy-HasterokCongratulations to graduate program coordinator, Renee Sevy-Hasterok, for being recognized with the Outstanding Program Administrator Award at the Laney Graduate School's Dean's Address & Inaugural Awards Reception on April 14, 2022. 

Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Preston King, Featured in Special Event

Liberty Courage and the Principle of Political and Economic EqualityThe Department of Economics was pleased to host a virtual presentation by academic, civil rights activist, and Georgia native, Dr. Preston King on Thursday, April 21st on the topic of Liberty, Courage, and the Principle of Political and Economic Equality.  

Participants were invited to submit questions for Dr. King to answer in the Q&A portion of his talk.

This event was free and open to the public. This Zoom event was recorded:  Watch Here

Increased Student Engagement through Innovative New Programs

The Economics Department continued to promote student engagement among both our undergraduate and graduate students, connecting them with faculty, staff, alumni, and one another.

Undergraduate events that happened this year included:

  • The 4th Annual Professional Pathways Conversation featuring Economics Alumni
  • Career Center Bootcamp Workshop
  • ODE Trivia Night
  • ESS Coffee Chats
  • EER Publication Release Party
  • URM Student Meet & Greet, two Oxford campus visits
  • Explore Emory Econ information session for prospective students

Graduate student events for this year included:

  • Monthly faculty-graduate student Happy Hours
  • Publication Celebrations
  • Women in Economics networking event
  • Professionalism Workshops including session on Preparing a Successful Job Market Talk

Faculty Accomplishments

Stefan Hoderlein Awarded 2022 Econometric Theory Award (Multa Scripsit)

hoderlein-stefan.pngCongratulations to Professor Stefan Hoderlein for receiving the 2022 Econometric Theory Award (Multa Scripsit) for his sustained publishing effort in the Journal Econometric Theory.

David Jacho-Chávez Awarded the Eleanor Main Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

David Jacho-ChavezCongratulations to David Jacho-Chávez for being selected by The Laney Graduate School as the 2021 recipient of the Eleanor Main Faculty Mentor Award. The award is named in honor of the late Eleanor Main, a transformative leader at Emory and a devoted advocate for graduate education. It recognizes individuals who exemplify mentoring of the highest quality in graduate education. 

Dr. Jacho-Chávez was also appointed Director of Graduate Studies in 2021.  

Sara Markowitz Named Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Economics

Sara MarkowitzCongratulations to Sara Markowitz on being named the Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Economics by Emory University, a recognition honoring achievement and to further scholarly research and research-based teaching.

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Outstanding Job Market Placements in 2022

We are pleased to announce the following Ph.D. job market placements in 2022. Learn more on our Ph.D. Job Market page.

PhinisheD! Class of 2022 PhD Graduates

Carlos Ballesteros Ruiz
Placement: Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Yisroel Cahn
Placement: New York University, Postdoctoral Lecturer

Cheng Ding
Placement: JPMorgan Chase

Carla Moreno
Placement: Department of Economics, Loyola Marymount University

Diego Rojas
Placement: Amazon

Kaylyn Sanbower
Placement: U.S. Department of Justice

Xi Wu
Placement: Facebook

Sam Wunderly
Placement: Emory University, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Yiqing Xiao
Placement: Peking University, China

Aliaksandr Zaretski
Placement: School of Economics, University of Surrey, U.K.

Graduate Students Recognized for Research and Teaching

The Department of Economics recognized the following graduate students in an annual awards ceremony on April 13, 2022.

Economics Graduate Student Research Award of Excellence: Juan Estrada

Juan EstradaThis award was established to honor a graduate student who exemplifies superb research abilities and an eagerness to engage in scholarly activities. 



Economics Graduate Student Teaching Award of Excellence: Hanna Glenn

Hanna KageleThis award was established to honor a graduate student who exemplifies superb teaching abilities and demonstrates extraordinary dedication to teaching economics.



Congratulations to this year's Graduate Student award winners! Learn more about these annual departmental awards on our Graduate Student Awards page.

Juan Estrada Awarded 2022 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award by The Laney Graduate School

Juan Estrada 2022 LGS Graduate Teaching Associate AwardCongratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Juan Estrada, for being recognized with the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award at the Laney Graduate School's Dean's Address & Inaugural Awards Reception on April 14, 2022. 

Alexandra Manta's Paper Published in Statistics & Probability Letters

Congratulations to fourth-year graduate student Alexandra Manta for having her paper “Estimating Social Effects in a Multilayered Linear-in-Means Model with Network Data” accepted for publication in Statistics & Probability Letters.

Publication Celebration

Carla Moreno's Paper Published in the International Social Security Review

Carla MorenoCongratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Carla Moreno, who got her paper, “Financial Sustainability of Public Pensions in Cuba: The Impact of Aging, Structural Reforms, and the Economic Crisis" accepted for publication in The International Social Security Review.

Earlier in 2021, Carla participated in the AEA Summer Fellowship at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.

Kaylyn Sanbower Awarded Awarded Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies

Kaylyn Sanbower Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Kaylyn Sanbower for being awarded a Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

Kaylyn also participated in the Computational Social Science Workshop and Datathon in August 2021 and was awarded a grant from the datathon to continue her work.

Undergraduate Student Accomplishments

Economics Student Awarded the 2022 Undergraduate Brittain Award, Emory’s Highest Student Honor

Congratulations to philosophy and economics double major, Stephanie Zhang 22C, for being awarded the 2022 undergraduate Brittain Award, Emory’s highest student honor.

The Marion Luther Brittain Award is presented each year to two graduating students (one undergraduate and one graduate) who are considered to have performed the most “significant, meritorious, and devoted service to Emory University.”

Considered the highest honor presented to a student by Emory University, Brittain recognizes two students whose contributions to Emory are outstanding. The award is made under provisions of a gift by the late Dr. M. L. Brittain, former President of Georgia Institute of Technology and alumnus of Emory.

Read more>> Emory News Center

Stephanie Zhang, 2022 Marion Luther Brittain Award Recipient

Economics Major Hunter Akridge Selected as a Beinecke Scholar

Congratulations to junior and economics major, Hunter Akridge, for being one of only 16 Beinecke Scholars selected nationwide this year. The esteemed national award comes with $34,000 to help defray the cost of pursuing his PhD: $4,000 to use prior to entering and the rest while attending the graduate school of his choice.
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Hunter Akridge 2022 Beinecke Scholar

Six Economics Students Recognized in 100 Senior Honorary Class of 2022

Every year the Emory Alumni Board and Student Alumni board recognize the success of outstanding students and identify emerging leaders from the current senior class through 100 Senior Honorary

The 100 Senior Honorary members are chosen from the graduating classes of the undergraduate schools: Oxford College, Emory College, Goizueta Business School, and the School of Nursing.

Emory Economics congratulates these Economics majors/minors as part of this year's 100:

  • Yuanlong Dai
  • Nicole El Mann Cohen
  • Ben Levitt
  • Tara Martin
  • Seong Ryoo Ryeol
  • Stephanie Zhang

Class of 2022: 100 Senior Honorary.PNG

Undergraduate Students Recognized with Department Awards

The Department of Economics recognized the following undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievements in an annual awards ceremony on April 13, 2022.

  • The Jack and Lewis Greenhut Prize: Nicholas Skelley (Honors Student)
  • The Tate Whitman Prize in Economics: Andrew Taber (Honors Student) 
  • The George Benston and Richard Muth Prize for Excellence in Economics: Leah Hartung
  • Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Christina Leonard

Congratulations to all of this year's awards winners! Learn more about these annual departmental awards on our Honors and Awards page.

Alumni Accomplishments

Joanna Shepherd, 02G

Congratulations to Joanna Shepherd, an Economics Ph.D. alumni, who was appointed as vice dean of Emory Law School.

Joanna Shepherd

Doug Shipman, 95C

Congratulations to Doug Shipman, president of the Atlanta City Council, who won the seat in the November 30, 2021 runoff election.

Doug Shipman moved to Atlanta to attend Emory as a Woodruff Scholar and is a 1995 Emory College graduate and former Emory Alumni Board president. 

Doug Shipman

40 Under Forty graphic

Congratulations to Logan Gans (07C) and  Amrit Kapai (08C), economics alumni and members of Emory’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2021


Logan GansLogan Gans 07C
Miami, FL

Amrit KapaiAmrit Kapai 08C

Senior Associate
Miami, Fl

Learn more about Emory's 40 Under Forty Alumni Recognition Program and the contributions of many Economics graduates who have received this prestigious honor.