Career in Business
I have chosen my career path as an economist based on the experience of the ten years of working in private manufacturing business in Iran. I started as an engineer and moved up to management level. The more involved I got in business management, I faced a more diverse range of strategic decisions that came to include matters of procurement, production, labor, pricing, investment, expansion, and many more areas. At this level I realized a need beyond technical knowledge, the need for for business owners to understand economics to make suitable strategic decisions at critical junctures. As a result, I decided to become a producer of such knowledge by becoming an economist.
Study and Research in Economics
I am a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University, where I started my graduate level study of economics in fall 2012 following my admission to the MS in Economics program. In 2014 I got admitted to the PhD program that has been followed by 5 years of study and research in economics. I have become focused on research in economics of philanthropy and microfinance following my passion for poverty alleviation and human development.
Teaching to me is a passion and a mission. I started teaching at Texas A&M University in 2013 by working as a tutor. Since then I have worked as a teaching assistant for four graduate and seven undergraduate level courses in the field of economics. I have also taught two courses in principles of microeconomics that I passionately designed and delivered in two large classes in two consecutive semesters. Finally, I have most recently had the great experience of designing and teaching a course in economics of microfinance, a topic close to my heart.