Study and Research in Economics
I have earned my Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2020. I started my graduate level study of economics in fall 2012 following my admission to the Master's program. In 2014 I was admitted to the Ph.D. program and continued my study and research in economics. Following my passion for poverty alleviation and economic development, I have become focused in research on pro-social markets such as philanthropy, charitable giving, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance.
I have joined the Department of Economics at the University of Houston as an Instructional Assistant Professor in Fall 2021 to teach various courses in Economics. I the past, I have taught two courses in Principles of Microeconomics that I passionately designed by combining face-to-face teaching with an online platform. I delivered this course in two large classes (138 and 234 students) in two consecutive semesters. I have also had the great experience of designing and teaching a course in Economics of Microfinance, a topic close to my heart. My teaching experience started in 2013 at Texas A&M University when I worked as a tutor. In the following years, I worked as a teaching assistant for many undergraduate and graduate level courses in various sub-fields of economics until my graduation from the Ph.D. program.
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 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 the need beyond technical knowledge for any business owner to understand economics to make strategic decisions at critical junctures. I decided to become a producer of such knowledge, an economist.