Author: Matt Waldman


New Economics Faculty
The new economics faculty members are (from left): Ian Schmutte, Tina Marsh, Berrak Bahadir, Katherine McClain, and William Vogt.

The Economics Department welcomes five new faculty to the Terry College this fall. The newcomers include a tenured associate professor, three tenure-track assistant professors, and a lecturer.

“Terry has great resources for new faculty who are starting to build a body of well-respected research,” says assistant professor Ian Schmutte, a labor economist whose research focus is the role networks play in job mobility. He arrives at the Terry College after completing is Ph.D. this summer from Cornell University, and he will begin this semester teaching a section of Labor Economics.

Schmutte’s new colleagues include assistant professor Tina Marsh, who like Schmutte is accepting her first faculty position. She recently finished her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and her research focus is health economics and industrial organization. Marsh will be teaching a Health Economics course this fall.

Associate professor William Vogt’s research interests also lie in the intersection between health economics and industrial organization. Vogt has been a senior research economist at the RAND Corporation since 2007. And since 1998, he has been a faculty research fellow in the healthcare program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. After earning his Ph.D, at Stanford, Vogt was an assistant professor in the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he was promoted to associate professor in 2005. While at Carnegie-Mellon, Vogt worked at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the Federal Trade Commission. This fall, Vogt will teach an Undergraduate Econometrics course.

Assistant professor Berrak Bahadir joins the Economics Department after spending two years as an assistant professor at the University of Richmond. Her primary area of specialization is macroeconomics. Bahadir earned her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2008. She will be teaching a section of Intermediate Macroeconomics this fall.

Unlike her new colleagues, Katherine McClain is no stranger to the Terry College. McClain has been a lecturer in the Finance Department since 2003, where she taught a course on statistical analysis. Prior to her arrival at the University of Georgia, McClain was an assistant professor at Wellesley and Penn State, where she taught micro and macroeconomic principles, intermediate microeconomics, statistics, econometrics, and environmental economics. As a Ph.D. student at UC-San Diego in 1988, she wrote her dissertation under the supervision of Nobel Laureate econometrician Clive Granger. Her research interests are econometrics and natural resource economics. McClain will be teaching a Principles of Macroeconomics course and a course on the International Business Environment.

“We are fortunate to have five great additions to our Economics faculty this year,” says department head Christopher Cornwell, “and we look forward to their contributions to our department and to the Terry College.”