Program Director

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Michael Jonas is from the University of California, Davis. His concentration area of specialization is monetary economics. He completed his doctorate degree at the University of California, Davis.

  • PhD, Economics, University of California, Davis
  • San Francisco State University, MA, Economics

Department Chair

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Mario Muzzi is a graduate of USF's School of Law and has practiced law in California for over twenty years. He has an MA and a BS in economics and has been a faculty member in the economics department at USF since 1999. He teaches intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, international economics, and interdisciplinary courses in law and economics and behavioral (psychology) economics. Mario also teaches economics as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Economy at...

  • JD University of San Francisco
  • MA San Francisco State University
  • BS Santa Clara University

Full-Time Faculty

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Professor Anttila-Hughes received his PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. His research focuses on understanding the social impacts of environmental processes, particularly those influenced by environmental degradation and climate change.

Professor Anttila-Hughes' current research areas include: public health impacts of the climate; behavioral responses to new information about environmental risks; and determinants of the spread of environmental attitudes and ideas.

  • PhD, Sustainable Development, Columbia University
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Dr. Chakraborty received her PhD at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization include: applied macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, international finance, and development economics. Dr. Chakraborty has published research articles in the Journal of International Business Studies, Economics Letters, and the Journal of World Economic Review.

  • PhD, University of Minnesota
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Professor Katz is PhD from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research areas of specialization are development economics, women in development, agricultural economics, and history of economic thought. Dr. Katz's recent research has focused on the relationship between gender, intra-household bargaining and development in Latin America.

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Professor Khachiyan studies the populations most exposed to aggregate industrial transitions, such as climate adaptation and automation. He uses data science methods, unconventional data sources, and leading methods in causal identification to inform current policy issues within these topics. Arman teaches in both the Undergraduate and Master's  Economics programs on topics including microeconomic principles, applied econometrics, and spatial economics.

Beyond academia, Arman has worked in...

  • UC San Diego, PhD in Economics, 2022
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Economics, 2013

Robizon Khubulashvili's research is at the intersection of theoretical, behavioral, and experimental microeconomics. A common question in his research is, how can we use a user's revealed preferences to improve the performance of online platforms? Robizon has studied this question in two settings: when monetary incentives are missing (an online gaming platform) and when monetary incentives are present (an online gambling platform). His work suggests that heterogeneity among users is an essential...

  • Penn State University, PhD, 2020
  • International School of Economics at TSU, MA, 2013
  • Tbilisi State University, BA, 2011

Man-Lui Lau received his PhD from Cornell University. His areas of specialization are microeconomics, macroeconomics, options and futures, mathematical economics and the economies of East Asia. Dr. Lau has published papers on the theory of economic growth and Asian economies. His current research includes the East and Southeast Asian economies, financial development and economic growth, and the theory of Real Options and it's application.

  • PhD, Cornell University
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Options and futures
  • Mathematical economics
  • Economies of East Asia
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Professor Lorentzen specializes in the economics of information, incentives, and institutions. He received his PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and previously taught at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. He has published research on governance and social control in China, media management, anti-corruption, environmental transparency, long-run economic growth, qualitative research methods, the creation of...

  • PhD, Economic Analysis and Policy, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
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Sandhya Patlolla has a PhD from University of California, Davis. Her research specialization is in the areas of economic development, agricultural economics, supply chain management, and lately, health economics. Dr. Patlolla’s current projects focus on measuring the impact of agricultural income support programs in India and evaluating the economic viability of breakthrough health care products.

  • PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Davis
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

Timothy Tung was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. His interest in working with and fostering first-generation students stems from multiple personal and professional experiences. These experiences include teaching for Upward Bound and SEO Scholars and writing curriculum focused on supporting first-generation students.

At the University of San Francisco, Timothy joined the following Faculty Learning Community: “Supporting First-Generation College Students in Classrooms, Across Schools...

  • University of San Francisco, MA in Economics, 2013
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, BA in Business Management Economics, 2010
  • Principles of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics (Algebra - Calculus)
  • First-Generation Student Curriculum Development & Implementation
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Areas of research specialization are in the use of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs. Professor Wydick's recent work examines the impact of development programs such as microfinance, child sponsorship, and in-kind donation of children's shoes, wheelchairs for the disabled, and clean wood-burning stoves. Other recent work studies the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps. His academic publications have appeared in...

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Part-Time Faculty

Todd is an adjunct professor in the department of Economics at the University of San Francisco and a lecturer in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He has worked at many Silicon Valley high-tech companies in various capacities. He has 20+ years experience in the software industry in telecommunications, medical, financial software, and analytics. His experience includes performance engineering, tools development, product development, product...

  • Johns Hopkins University, MS Applied Economics, 2021
  • Seton Hall University, MS Jurisprudence, 2019
  • Columbia University, MBA, 2006
  • UC Berkeley, MBA, 2005
  • SJSU, BS Computer Science, 1988

Adam Gorski is a senior data scientist at DocuSign. He specializes in predictive modeling, experimentation, and natural language processing. His education background is in economics, public policy, and data analysis.

  • Master of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, International Developmental Economics, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Economics, University of San Francisco

Florent Silve is leading the data scientist and machine learning team at Sonder, a tech-driven hospitality company based in San Francisco. He built the data science and engineering team from the ground up and worked on the development of the company’s proprietary models and algorithms for real-estate valuation and dynamic pricing. Prior to his time at Sonder, Florent was a staff scientist at Premise Data where he worked on building data and analytics products leveraging the company’s ground...

  • MSc, Economics, École Polytechnique, France
  • MSc, Public Policy, Sciences-Po Paris, France
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge, UK
  • MSc, Physics and Engineering, ESPCI ParisTech, France

Faculty Emeritus

Hartmut Fischer received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Fischer has a number of areas of specialization: international trade, international finance and development economics. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the European Union. Research interests include economic problems faced by countries in transition from socialist market economies, country risk analysis, issues of governance, the process of convergence vs. divergence between poor and rich...

Prof. Lehmann obtained his PhD from Cornell University and taught at the University of San Francisco in traditional and on-line venues. He is the author of The Irwin Guide To Using The Wall Street Journal, which sold 250,000 copies in seven editions. Prof. Lehmann also developed a popular seminar, Be Your Own Economist ®, on business and investment conditions, that he offers to investors, corporations and professional groups. The San Francisco media frequently interview Prof. Lehmann on current...

Charles N'cho-Oguie (N'cho) is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he taught macroeconomics, econometrics, and development macroeconomics for nearly two decades (1986–2005). Upon early retirement, Professor N'cho devoted the majority of his time to development work, especially in Africa. He has also spent more than 20 years working as a senior international consultant for the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations...

  • PhD, Applied Economics, Stanford University
  • MS, Operational Research, Stanford University
  • MS, Statistics, Data Analysis and Statistical Computing, Stanford University
  • DEA, Economics, University...
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John Veitch, Professor of Finance, and Director of the M.S. in Financial Analysis program, is an esteemed faculty member with over two decades of academic and chief administrative service to the university. Specializing in financial analysis and risk management, Dr. Veitch is the co-author of a number of articles on country risk in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa due to contributing factors of financial integration, currency devaluation and currency contagion. Professor Veitch served...

  • C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, 1999
  • Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985
  • Degree: B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Trinity College, University of...