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A world of experience behind them

In addition to unparalleled strength and dedication as instructors, the UW-Eau Claire economics faculty members offer a breadth of teaching and work experiences not seen in other departments or on many other campuses: every member of this faculty has either lived or worked abroad, some for many years.

Why is that so significant?

Economics, perhaps more than other disciplines, relies on a deep understanding of global systems, markets and cultures, typically gained at the undergraduate level only through student travel and study abroad. Blugold economics students gain that global expertise right her on this campus, as well as through unique international research opportunities with faculty.

Not many students at other universities can say they practiced for job interviews with their professors on a Sunday afternoon, or had research mentors spend their free time looking for exciting presentation opportunities for their students, or were invited to picnics and home-made dinners. The Economics department became my second family.

Helue Vazquez-Valverde, '16, business economics
Wayne Carroll, economics

Experts in their field

Our economics department is full of experts who are willing to share their data and expertise with students, campus, and the broader community. When local media need information, they know where to turn.

Local experts

Gimme 5: Event to showcase UWEC faculty-student research

Dr. Eric Jamelske, professor of economics, answers questions to the Leader-Telegram about CERCA, the campus celebration of student research.

20+ econ presenters each year


Thomas Kemp
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University (Economics)
  • M.A., Colorado State University (Economics)
  • B.A., Carthage College (Economics, Minor in Modern Languages)
Teaching Interests
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Applied Economic Development Strategies
Research Interests
  • Local/State Economic Policy and Development
  • Hedonic Modeling
  • Economic Philosophy
Rose Marie Avin
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park
  • BBA, Baruch College, City University of New York 
Teaching Interests
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Women and Economic Development
  • Latin American Economic Development
  • The Economies of the Developing World 
Research Interests
  • Gender issues in the developing world
  • Impact of economic restructuring on women in Nicaragua
  • The empowerment of Nicaraguan women\
  • Free-trade zones
  • Female entrepreneurs in Vietnam
  • The role of international organizations in economic development.



I have received the following awards and honor:
Excellence in Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2007

2005 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled “Women in Contemporary India,” July 25-August 5, India

UW System Women of Color in Education Award, April 2005

2000 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award entitled “Brazil 500 Years: Crossing Boundaries from Cabral to the Third Millennium, Brazil, July 8-August 12 

Wayne Carroll
  • PhD, University of Minnesota (Economics)
  • B.A., University of Chicago (Economics)
Teaching Interests
  • Money and Banking
  • Econometrics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
Research Interests
  • Economics of Immigration
  • Regional Economics
Maria N. DaCosta
  • Ph.D., Northeastern University (Economics)
  • M.S., Northeastern University   (Economic Policy and Planning)
  • Licenciatura, University of Oporto, Portugal (Economics) 
Teaching Interests
  • Urban Economics
  • Economics of Pacific Asia 
Research Interests
  • Economic Development Issues of Pacific Asia
  • China's Economic Reform 
Eric Jamelske, professor of economics
  • Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Davis
  • M.A. Economics, University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Economics, Sonoma State Univeristy
Teaching Interests
  • Princples of Microeconomics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
Research Interests

My research interests are focused on public policy issues. My past research topics include welfare reform issues, recycling policies, higher education retention, public opinion on health care reform, local food purchasing as well as a variety of research related to the local/regional Eau Claire/West-Central WI economy. My current research involves two very timely and interesting policy areas. First, I am researching ways to motivate children to eat more fruits and vegetables, and second, I am researching public opinion on climate change issues and policy. All of my current research involves the active participation of multiple student research assistants and community/university/international partners.

Yan LI, economics
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (Economics)
  • M.S., University of Iowa (Actuarial Science)
  • M.A., Beijing Institute of Technology (Management Science)
  • B. E., Beijing Institute of Technology (Industrial Foreign Trade)
Teaching Interests
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Business Fluctuations and Forecasting
  • Money and Banking
Research Interests
  • Primary: Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics and Financial Economics
  • Secondary: Economic Development and Growth, Risk Management
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advising

Yan Li received a Ph.D in Economics and an MS in Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa. She joined the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Fall 2007. She was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure as of Fall 2013. Her current research mainly studies the role of money, credit and banking in the macroeconomy and the liquidity effects of monetary policy. She is also interested in examing the income inequality and economic growth in emerging markets. Her recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Macroeconomic Dynamics, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of Social Economy, Transportation Research (Part A): Policy and Practice, Journal of Pacific Asia, Journal of Business Diversity, International Business Research and International Journal of Economics and Finance.

Mehrnoush Motamedi, economics professor
  • 2017 (Expected) Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2008 M.A., Economics, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  • 2006 B.A., Economics, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
Teaching Interests
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
David Schaffer, associate professor of economics
  • B.A., Economics, Swarthmore College
  • Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Teaching Interests
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
Research Interests

My major areas of interest are in Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Public Policy. Several years ago I co-authored a scholarly book entitled, Who's Not Working and Why: Employment, Cognitive Skills, Wages, and the Changing U.S. Labor Market (Cambridge University Press, 1999). I continue to do research on the increasing inequality of wages in the U.S.


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