Economics Anti-Racism Statement

The Department of Economics is committed to creating learning environments that are inclusive, anti-racist, and supportive of open inquiry and debate. We are deeply concerned about student experiences regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our major. While we have been working hard to listen, innovate, and improve, we know there is much to be done.
We have written an Open Letter to students on Anti-Racism and plan to host meetings in the fall semester to listen to students and discuss this ongoing work. We look forward to being in conversation with you this Fall!

Economics Department Prizes and Awards 2023

Congratulations to our majors for their achievements!

The Bernstein Prize funded by a gift from the Bernstein family in honor of the work their son did at Amherst College is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department and the Dean of the Faculty, has done particularly outstanding honors work in economics: Sara Kao 23

The James R. Nelson Prize is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has written a distinguished honors thesis that applies economic analysis to an important question of public policy: Xinyu Ni 23

The James R. Nelson Memorial Award is presented to that senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved excellence in the study of economics while pursuing a broad liberal education: Haoran Tong 23

The Jeanne Reinle Prize named after Jeanne Reinle, the Academic Department Coordinator of the Economics Department for 30 years, whose inviting and engaging presence welcomed and supported generations of Amherst Economics students and faculty, is awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, exemplifies a commitment to building community in the Economics Department and a passion for Economics: Maira Owais 23, Ella Steciuk 23

The Economics Department Junior Class Prize to be awarded to that member of the junior class who, in the opinion of the Economics Department, has achieved a record of excellence in the study of economics at Amherst College: Aidan Cook 24, Ernest Protas 24, Gillian Richard 24, Aryen Shrestha 24

The Hamilton Prize which was established by his former students in memory of Professor Walton Hale Hamilton, distinguished member of the Department of Economics from 1915-1923, is awarded to that first year student who ranks highest in the economics courses he or she has taken: Winton Garrelts 26, Andrew Glassford 26, Ivy Haight 25, Rhine Hazra 26

Sara Kao 23 Franklin S. Odo Prize recipient

Senior economics honors student Sara Kao was awarded the 2023 Franklin S. Odo Prize for her thesis Ethnic Enclaves and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Refugee Resettlement After the Vietnam War.

The Franklin S. Odo Prize Fund was named in memory of the late Franklin S. Odo, the John Woodruff Simpson Lecturer and former John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy in the Department of American Studies, the Fund supports a prize to be awarded annually to a senior who has produced an outstanding thesis in the area of Asian/Pacific/American studies. 

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Behind the Scenes: Senior Thesis Projects

May 2023

Senior economics major Haoran Tong is highlighted for his work on two theses, one for LJST and one for Economics.

How to Declare an Economics Major

**There may be up to a two-week processing time through April break. Please plan accordingly**

There are several steps you must complete to declare a major in economics: 

  1. Have an email or other documentation from your current academic advisor approving your economics major declaration
  2. Submit an "Intent to Declare Economics" Google form
  3. Log on to Workday to select "Add Program of Study" (this is new language for declaring a major)

Please note the following:

  • If you would like a particular member of the economics faculty to be your advisor you must contact them and discuss being added to their roster. Only with faculty approval can you be added to a requested professors roster, otherwise you will be assigned a department advisor
  • You must complete the three steps listed above or your declaration cannot be processed
  • You will be notified when your declaration has been completed and your new advisor assigned

F23 ECON 111 Course Sections

Available ECON 111 Sections for Fall 2023

ECON 111-01

LEC TTh 10-11:20

Prof Gebresilasse


DIS F 1-1:50



ECON 111F-1 01F


ECON 111-02

LEC MW 2-3:20

Prof Blackwood

DIS Fri 2-2:50



ECON 111F-1 02F



ECON 111-03

LEC MW 8:30-9:50

Prof Kingston

DIS F 9-9:50

DIS F 10-10:50

ECON 111F-1 03F

ECON 111F-1 04F

ECON 111-04

LEC TTh 1-2:20

Prof Ishii

DIS M 2-2:50

ECON 111F-1 05F

ECON 111E 01/ENST 230

LEC TTh 8:30-9:50

Prof Sims

DIS F 9-9:50


ECON 111E 01F/

ENST 230



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Prof. Hyman cited in 2023 Economic Report of the President

March 2023

The Biden-Harris Administration recently released the 2023 Economic Report of the President together with the Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers and cited Prof. Hyman's research. You can find his work on the following pages:

  • Gershenson et al., 2022, cited on page 164 and listed in the references on page 349
  • Hyman, 2017, cited on page 174 and listed in the references on page 351

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Professor Hyman published in AEA Journal

November 2022

The November edition of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy feautures Prof. Hyman's paper The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers.

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Fresh Faculty: Aisha Yusuf

October 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor Aisha Yusuf was interviewed for a recent edition of the Amherst Student. Learn more about her research background, hobbies, and what attracted her to Amherst.

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Professor Theoharides featured on NPR Marketplace

August 2022

Prof. Theoharides was recently interviewed for NPR's Marketplace feature Ukrainians Abroad Find New Ways to Send Money Back Home.