Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce our 2021 Distinguished Alumnus, Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court. Justice Johnson gave the keynote address at this year’s departmental graduation celebration, which is being held virtually to ensure the safety of all participants, and is now able to be viewed.  Justice Johnson was born in Tacoma, and… Read more
The Department of Economics is thrilled to announce the recent hire of Emma Riley. She will start with the department this fall as a tenure track Assistant Professor. Riley was our top candidate for the position. Emma Riley received her PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford in September of 2019. Her research is in development economics, and her job market paper, “Resisting sharing pressure in the household using mobile money: Experimental evidence on microenterprise investment in… Read more
The Department of Economics has lost a beloved member of our community, Teaching Professor Greg Ellis accidently passed on February 22nd. Greg Ellis spent most of his time in the department as a Principal Teaching Professor, after having being promoted from Senior Lecturer. He taught Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics, and Natural Resource Economics, among other courses through his many years of service. As a Teaching Professor, he worked with thousands of students ay UW… Read more
Thanks to a combined effort from the Department’s Mentorship program, Women in Economics, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, the Department of Economics was able to hold four career panels this year. These panels spanned many topics and were widely attended by undergraduate students. The virtual nature of these events allowed for even more participation from panelists, as they were not required to come to campus to present. The first panel was put on by the Women in Economics group… Read more
The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that economics major Sam Colgan has been named a recipient of the 2019-2020 President’s Medalist Award. Because of the current pandemic, University President Ana Mari Cauce was not able to hold a reception to celebrate Sam and his fellow honorees. Instead, each recipient received their medal, along with a message from President Cauce and a special celebratory gift, at their home. Sam received the Junior Medal, given to a senior based on the… Read more