Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Lesley Chiou

Lesley Chiou, Chair

Professor, Economics
B.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., MIT
Lesley Chiou's research is in the areas of Industrial Organization and Applied Econometrics. Her recent work focuses on consumer behavior and firm competition in Internet markets.
Professor Bevin Ashenmiller

Bevin Ashenmiller

Associate Professor, Economics; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Bevin Ashenmiller is an Environmental Economist whose research falls into three areas: recycling, evaluation of environmental programs, and energy and climate policy.
Professor Jorgen Harris

Jorgen Harris

Assistant Professor, Economics
B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
Jorgen Harris is a labor economist whose work focuses on the relationships between human capital, labor markets, and social norms. He is particularly interested in the role of gender in the workplace and the economics of parenting.
Professor Andrew Jalil

Andrew Jalil

Associate Professor, Economics
A.B.; Sc.B. Brown University; Ph.D. UC Berkeley
Andrew Jalil is a macroeconomist and economic historian. His research focuses on the causes and effects of financial crises, macroeconomic policy during the Great Depression, and the effects of monetary and fiscal policy.
Professor Brandon Lehr

Brandon Lehr

Associate Professor, Economics
B.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brandon Lehr is an applied micro theorist whose research areas include optimal public policy, social insurance, and behavioral economics.
Professor Mary Lopez

Mary J. Lopez

Professor, Economics; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
B.A., UC Riverside; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Professor Lopez is a labor economist. Her research focuses on the labor market and entrepreneurial outcomes of Latinos and immigrants, unauthorized immigration, U.S. immigration policy, and poverty.
Professor Jesse Mora

Jesse Mora

Assistant Professor, Economics
B.A. Claremont McKenna; M.A. John Hopkins-SAIS; M.A., Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz
Jesse Mora’s research interests are international trade, development economics, and applied microeconomics. His current research focuses on the effect of export failure on domestic market performance.
Professor Diana Ngo

Diana Ngo

Assistant Professor, Economics
B.S. Harvard University; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Diana Ngo’s research interests are in Applied Microeconomics and Development Economics.
Professor Woody Studenmund

Woody Studenmund

Laurence de Rycke Professor of Economics
A.B., Hamilton College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
Woody Studenmund's primary professional interest is his textbook, Using Econometrics. The book, currently in its seventh edition, is the top selling elementary econometrics text at liberal arts colleges.
Economics Kirsten Wandschneider

Kirsten Wandschneider

Professor, Economics
M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Kirsten Wandschneider’s research areas include European monetary and financial history, international macroeconomics, and particularly the development of financial institutions and markets, such as the emergence of mortgage markets in 18th century Prussia.
Professor Kevin Williams

Kevin M. Williams

Assistant Professor, Economics
B.A., Claremont McKenna College; M.S., Ph.D., UC Davis
Kevin Williams is an applied micro economist whose research focuses on questions of education, peer effects and social networks. 

On Special Appointment

Daron Djerdjian

Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, Economics
B.A., UCLA; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Daron O. Djerdjian was an assistant economics professor at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emeriates, prior to Occidental.

Daryl Ono

Non-Tenure Track Instructor of Accounting, Economics
B.A., UCLA; Ph.D., Pacific Western University
Daryl Ono is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A).

Victoria Umanskaya

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Economics
B.A. (DHE), Saratov State University; Ph.D., University of Wyoming