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Economics Department

Faculty Advising/Office Hours


Arthur Fleisher III
Chair and Professor


303-615-0121



fleishet@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530H

Campus Box Number:
77


Directory Profile

Bio:

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 1987. I have taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 1990. I am currently a tenured Professor and Chair (July 2007 – present) of the Economics Department at MSU Denver. As chair I manage a department of 8 tenure/tenure-track faculty and a handful of adjuncts. I oversee department strategic planning, shared governance and office management, scheduling, budgets, curriculum matters, and personnel issues. I am also in some instances the conduit between the faculty and higher-level administrators. I am the major adviser for the department.



Mohammed Akacem ECO

Mohammed Akacem
Professor


303-615-0107



akacemm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530C

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Professor Akacem studied in Great Britain and received a B.A. Honors in Economics in 1976 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Dr. Akacem worked as an economist on research projects on world Oil Market issues at the International Center for Energy and Economic Development in Boulder, Colorado, before returning to teaching. He began his teaching career at the University of Colorado while a graduate student and later resumed it as a visiting faculty member. Dr. Akacem joined MSCD in 1991. He has received the Golden Key Award for research in 1998. Dr. Akacem has also received the Distinguished Service Award for the 2006-07 academic year for his work during the past 15 years. In addition to teaching, Dr. Akacem has published locally in The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and The Denver Business Journal. His articles have appeared nationally in the The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, and overseas in French in Jeune Afrique (France). He has published in refereed journals in the areas of banking, finance, and energy. Professor Akacem speaks at conferences on these topics both in the United States and overseas. In addition to teaching Principles of Macroeconomics, Professor Akacem teaches the following upper division classes: Econ 3100: Money and Banking, Econ 3700: Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Econ 4800, a senior seminar for Econ majors and Econ 3850, Geopolitics and Economics of World Oil Markets. He developed a new study abroad course out of CU Boulder but offered jointly for MSU students. The new study abroad course is a global seminar: Economics Politics and Society in the Middle East. The program has run for three years. 



Nicolás Cachanosky
Associate Professor


303-615-0129



ncachano@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530E

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

PhD Economics (2013)
Suffolk University

MS Economics (2012)
Suffolk University

MA Economics and Political Sciences (2007)
ESEADE

http://www.ncachanosky.com



Erick Erickson
Professor


303-615-0128



ericksoe@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530N

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Professor Erickson is an expert on Postal History and Postal Economics, specializing in the study of postal price elastities, postal forecasting and the economics of international mail.  During the calendar year of 2013, Dr. Erickson was employed as an Economic Analyist in the Division of Revenue and Volume Forecasting of the Department of Finance at the United States Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, DC, while on an unpaid leave of absence from Metro State.  Erick has also made unique, archilogical contributions to the philatelic collection of the Smithsonian Postal Museum.



Christina Huber

Christina Huber
Professor


303-615-0108



cpeter80@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530D

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Christina Huber has published in the Journal of Human Capital, Demography, the Southern Economic Journal, and Applied Economics, among others.  She earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.



Kishore Kulkarni ECO

Kishore Kulkarni
Professor


303-615-0114



kulkarnk@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530F

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Kishore G. Kulkarni is the distinguished professor of economics at the school of business. In April 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Professorship for his overall contributions to many fields. He holds two MA degrees in Economics (University of Poona, India 1976 and University of Pittsburgh, 1978) and Ph.D. (1982) from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an outstanding teacher, extraordinary service provider and a prolific researcher. Besides principles of macroeconomics class, he has been teaching international economics classes for the last 29 years in MSU-Denver. He has published textbooks for principles classes and his edited book can be used in global economics and international macroeconomics classes.

He is academically qualified. Dr. Kulkarni has been very active professionally… as witnessed by his 134 journal articles. He is also an editor of International Review of Business and Economics (see www.irbejournal.com)) which he started in 2015. The journal publishes 2 issues a year. He has attended more than 100 conferences in 35 years, and has visited institutions in USA and abroad for delivering lectures. Prof. Kulkarni taught on the Semester at Sea voyage in 1994 and has been a presenter in Oxford Round table conference in Oxford University, UK in summer 2005. He serves department, school, and university by being a member of several committees.



Alexandre Padilla

Alexandre Padilla
Associate Professor


303-615-0116



padilale@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530G

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Alexandre "Alex" Padilla is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille 3 in 2003 and obtained a Business Ethics: Education and Organizational Best Practices Certificate from University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management, Management Development Center, in 2009. His teaching interests are law & economics, industrial organization, economics of vice, public policy, and ethics and economics. Alexandre Padilla's core teaching philosophy is built around the empirical fact that "ideas matter." Since at Metropolitan State University of Denver, he has consistently tried to make his teaching of economic ideas relevant to the real world and has used various pedagogical tools to help students learn the economic way of thinking. His most important contribution is undoubtedly the introduction of experiments both for in-class and online classes. Recently Dr. Padilla changed his assessment tools in the Citizen's Guide to Economic class from traditional exams to more real world applicable assignments by asking his students to write a letter to the editor, an op-ed, a book review, and develop a short music video in which students team up to make a music video to sing about some of the economic concepts covered in class. The purpose of such assignments is to make students apply what they learn to real world issues in an interesting and exciting way. Alex Padilla also encourages undergraduate research. He has co-authored and published an article with one of his students and has sponsored eight of his students presenting their research at conferences since 2008. Dr. Padilla is also directing the Exploring Economic Freedom Project whose mission is to educate students and the general public about the role of economic and political freedom in promoting entrepreneurship, economic growth, prosperity, and peace. This project includes bringing speakers to campus to discuss economic and public policy issues. The project also includes sending students to conferences to present their research on issues related to economic freedom. The project also includes funding a student who wants to pursue a graduate education to assist him in his research. In addition, to complement Dr. Padilla's office hours, the student has the opportunity to tutor other students who are taking Dr. Padilla's classes as research has shown that tutoring by peers can be a more effective tool to help students who have difficulties in learning the material. This project has been funded since 2008 by a private grant. Dr. Padilla's commitment to a teaching philosophy centered around the empirical fact that "ideas matter" extend beyond Metropolitan State University of Denver. Since summer 2012, he's been involved with the Institute for Humane Studies, the Students for Liberty organization, and the Foundation for Economic Education in lecturing during week-end and week long seminars to students who come from all over the world about ideas related to Classical Liberalism.
Finally, Dr. Padilla's teaching philosophy extends to the community as well. He has appeared in several media outlets publishing op-eds/commentaries for Forbes, the DailyCaller, the Denver Post, the Tampa Bay Tribune, and the Pittsburg Tribune Review. He also has given talks to several community-based groups and associations such as Liberty on the Rocks and the Denver Business Economists Association.



Christine Watson
Lecturer


303-615-0130



cwatso29@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AD

Office Number:
530Q

Campus Box Number:
77


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Bio:

Professional, managerial and executive business experience in Market Research, New Product Development, Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and International Human Resource Development. Academic experience developing curriculum for and teaching various economics courses at undergraduate and MBA level.



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