Meet Our Students

Student Testimonials

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“The Economics program at UMKC will change the way you look and think about economics, you will never see it the same way again. Looking through interdisciplinary lenses, you’ll realize economics isn’t all about goods and services, it’s also about sociology, philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, and so on. The Economics program has taught me to view economics with a thorough and enlightening perspective.”

– Matt Applebury, IPh.D., Current Student

 

 

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“The most important ability for young students to learn is the one that allows them to understand and explain the world around them. The interdisciplinary approach of UMKC economics has given me a toolbox of understanding in sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and philosophy and emphasized their place within the context of our economic world. The lessons learned in this program will fill anyone with a deep sense of fulfillment.”

– Sam Stockman, IPh.D., Current Student

 

 

alumni student headshot“Economics was the perfect major to help me transition from high school to the real world. Our world-renowned professors focus on how society actually works, not simply what is in the textbook, all while leading the charge into the new age of economic thinking. The material is extremely interdisciplinary, as Economics plays a role in every aspect of our lives, so students receive education in almost every field.”

– Addisen Reboulet, BA, 2014

 

Current Students

Matt Rice

Matt Rice is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. His co-discipline is the social sciences consortium.

Research Interests: Political Economy, Macroeconomic Thought, and Institutional Economics

Degree(s) Awarded: 

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts: Economics

Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science: Business with an emphasis on Finance.

 

 

Jacob PowellJacob Powell is an iPhD student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myron Washington

Myron Washington is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.  He enjoys the outdoors, great food with friend, traveling, and fishing.

Favorite Quote: “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”  ~Karen Ravn

Research Interests: Political Economy, Macroeconomics

Degree(s) Awarded:

Roosevelt University, Master of Arts:  Economics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science:  Public Health

 

 

Kyle Mohr

Kyle Mohr is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. His co-discipline is in the Social Sciences Consortium.

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, International Political Economy

Degree(s) Awarded:

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts: Economics

University of California – Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts: Global Economics

 

 

 

Bingshiun LowBingshiun Low is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with Computer Science as his Co-Discipline. He is also the financial coordinator of the UMKC Economic Club. He enjoys the outdoors, great food with friends, and swimming. For more information, visit his LinkedIn.

Favorite Quote: “The more time you spend in your discomfort zone, the more your comfort zone will expand” — Robin S. Sharma

Research Interests: Applied Econometrics, Macroeconomics (International Economics, Employment)

Degree(s) Awarded:

Master of Arts: Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Bachelor of Psychology, HELP University (Malaysia)

 

Richard Twumasi

Richard Twumasi is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with a co-discipline in Political Science. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Economics and a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute of Sustainable Prosperity. Richard is from Ghana, he enjoys African Poetry, traveling and endurance running. He grew up speaking Twi and English in his home country, and he also has elementary knowledge in French and German.

Favorite Poem: “We Have Come Home” by Gambian Poet, Lenrie Peters

Research Interests: Political Economy, Economics of Wars and Conflicts, Financial Macroeconomics

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Neal Wilson

Neal Wilson is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Program. His co-discipline is in the Social Science Consortium. Neal is a graduate research consultant at the Center for Economic Information and a Research Fellow of the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. Neal spent a decade as a craft baker for 10 years and co-founded the Museum of Bottled Water. He also enjoys contemporary art and improvised music. 

Favorite Quote: “Environmental policy is social policy”

Research Interests: Lead Poisoning, the bottled water industry, Institutional Economics, Public Choice

Degrees: B.A., M.A. University of Missouri Kansas City: Economics

 

 

Matthew Applebury

Matt Applebury is an interdisciplinary Ph.D student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Stockman

Sam Stockman is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hussain Alramadhan

Hussain Alramadhan is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. He is also an economic researcher at Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority-SAMA. He enjoys great food with friends and family, and table-tennis.

Favorite Quote: “No gains without pains”

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Economic Policy Analysis

Degree(s) Awarded:

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts: Economics

King Fahd Univesity of Petroleum & Minerals, Bachelor of Science: Accounting

 

 

Ignacio Ramirez

Ignacio Ramirez is an iPhD student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Feaver

Tyler Feaver is an iPhD student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

headshot of studentBrian Matlock is a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Economics.

Field of Interests: Urban/Regional Economics, Development Economics

Research Areas: Economic Development, Nonprofit Industry, Critical Management Studies, Political Economy, Economic Sociology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tru Nguyen

Tru Nguyen is a student in the Economics Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. His co-discipline is Social Science Consortium. He enjoys reading, discussing history with friends, and loves fast-food of any type.

Research Interests: Macroeconomic Theory, Economics Development, Institutional Economics

Degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Arts: Economics

 

 

 

 

 

Dai Duong

Dai Duong is an iPhD student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Wigger currently serves UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management as Assistant Teaching Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management. Larry is in the latter stages of his PhD in Economics at UMKC with a Co-Discipline in Public Affairs and Administration. His primary research focus in on automation’s impacts in the workplace, including policy options to combat resultant unemployment, and he anticipates securing field certifications in Industrial Organization and in Monetary Theory. Larry holds both a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and a general MBA from Elmhurst College and a BA in Business Administration from William Jewell College.

With over twenty years of progressive and varied management experience, Larry’s expertise includes the full range of supply chain management activities, strategic leadership in multiple business start-ups, as well as, operations, project and program management. This experience includes 15 years in the petroleum industry, frequently focused on supply chain management roles, including all facets of demand planning, material forecasting, strategic sourcing, contract negotiation, tactical procurement, 3rd party logistics, continuous improvement, life-cycle cost and sustainability. Additionally, Larry has held equity leadership positions in multiple start-ups across the construction and project management industry. These activities have included consultancy and at-risk construction work for major global petroleum, retail, and hospitality clients, support services in the recent fracking boom, and three years of post-earthquake construction projects in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

 

Zhou Chen

Zhuo Fu Chen is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) – Economics Department and a Research Assistant at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity (GISP). Chen completed his B.A., summa cum laude, in Economics with a concentration in International Political Economy and Public Policy at the State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland). Zhuo was raised in New York City, where he lived until he graduated high school; and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with a co-discipline in Political Science at UMKC. His research interests include Political Economy, International Trade and Development Economics, and Environmental/Ecological Economics.

Research and Teaching Interests: Trade and Development Economics, Political Economy, Resource and Environmental Economics, History of Economic Thought, Microeconomics

Degree(s) Awarded:
Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science (August 2015 – Present), University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.A. in Economics (May 2017), University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. in Economics (May 2014), summa cum laude, State University of New York at Cortland
B.A./B.S. Year Abroad (2012), Political Economy, University College London (UCL)

 

 

Lindo Simelane

Lindo Simelane is an MA student in the Department of Economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Ayala is a research analyst and Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He holds a research position with the UMKC Center for Economic Information where he conducts quantitative data collection and analysis, community-based research projects, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, and spatial statistical analysis. He received his Graduate GIS Certificate and Master’s in Economics in 2017 from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Jordan is a research fellow with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity where he assists in leading a team of researchers developing alternative indicators of unemployment, financial instability, and the costs of unemployment. Focusing on urban economics and public policy, his primary research interests include labor and housing policy for equitable and sustainable community development.

 

 

 

 

Ely Fair is an iPhD student in the Department of Economics.

Ely’s Academic Website

Research Interests: Peasant Studies, Urban Economics, Philosophy of Economics

Degrees Awarded: MA in Globalization and Labour Policy from Uni Kassel, Germany

BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington