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New Faculty 2019


Associate Professor Lesley J. Turner earned her Ph.D. in 2012 from Columbia and has been teaching at the University of Maryland since then.  Her research interests include public and labor economics with a focus on higher education. Prof. Turner has many published articles, including one forthcoming in  the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and two forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.  These three all cover various aspects of college loan debt and borrowing.  She has also published in the areas of Medicaid policy, teacher incentive pay, and the effect of tuition increases on student outcome.  Professor Turner will not be teaching until Spring 2020, when she will teach a graduate class in public economics and undergraduate economics of education (a topics course).


Assistant Professor Brian Beach comes to us from the College of William and Mary, where he has taught as an assistant professor since 2015.  He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Prof. Beach earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and his primary research interests include public economics, economic history, and labor economics.  He has published in AEJ: Economic Policy, The Economic Journal, and the Journal of Economic History, among others.  His recent research examines the political economy surrounding racial gaps in public good provision in both historical and modern settings.   Prof. Beach will be teaching public finance in the Fall and Spring, and a graduate topics class (on the intersection of public, labor, and environmental economics, with an application to economic history) in the Fall.   CV


Assistant Professor Malin Hu  will complete her Ph.D. this June from Cornell University.  Her primary research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, household consumption, and housing economics, and her job market paper addresses "Macroeconomic Effects of Household Leverage Regulations After the Crisis." Prof. Hu won two prestigious awards for her teaching while at Cornell.  This Fall, Prof. Hu will teach a graduate macro class, and next Spring she will teach undergraduate intermediate macro.  CV


Assistant Professor Analisa Packham  completed her Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 2016, and since then has been assistant professor of economics at the Farmer School of Business, Miami University (OH).  Her research interests are applied microeconomics, health economics, and labor economics.  Recent publications include "SNAP Benefits and Crime: Evidence from Changing Disbursement Schedules" (with Jillian Carr), which is forthcoming at Review of Economics and Statistics, as well as articles in the Journal of Health Economics and AEJ: Economic Policy. Prof. Packham won the department's graduate student teaching award while at Texas A&M. Her teaching schedule for 2019-20 includes intermediate micro in the Fall and public finance in the Spring.  CV


Assistant Professor Sarah Quincy  will earn her Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis this June.  She is interested in the fields of macroeconomics, economic history, and finance, and her job market paper is entitled "'Loans for the Little Fellow': Credit, Crisis, and Recovery in the Great Depression."  Her article "Old Immigrants, New Niches: Russian Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Native Workers in Southern New Jersey, 1880-1910" (co-authored with Siobhan O'Keefe), was published in January in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. Prof. Quincy will teach Topics in the Economic History of the U.S. (undergraduate) in the Fall and Spring.   CV