Study and Research in Economics
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University. I started my graduate level study of economics in fall 2012 following my admission to the MS in Economics program. In 2014 I was admitted to the Ph.D. program and continued my study and research in economics. I have become focused in research on the economics of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy following my passion for poverty alleviation and human development.
I have taught two courses in principles of microeconomics that I passionately designed and delivered in two large classes in two consecutive semesters. I have also most recently had the great experience of designing and teaching a course in economics of microfinance, a topic close to my heart. My teaching experience at Texas A&M University started in 2013 when I worked as a tutor. Since then, I have worked as a teaching assistant for four graduate and seven undergraduate level courses in various sub-fields of economics.
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.