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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

We offer two undergraduate degrees in the Department of Economics and Finance that will shape you into an excellent problem-solver. Learn about how money is managed, the actual process of acquiring needed funds, how to allocate scarce resources and the ability to explain and evaluate social phenomena. Minors are also available in both economics and finance.
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Programs

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

➤ B.S. in Economics

➤ B.S.B.A. in Finance

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Our People

Gary Clayton
Gary Clayton
Department Chair
Professor
BC 354
(859) 572-6542
clayton@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Gary E. Clayton is a Professor of Economics. His teaching interests are in the areas of economic education, international economics, and comparative economic systems. Dr. Clayton has authored several economics textbooks for high school, college, and practitioner audiences. He is the recipient of the 2000 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and in 2005 he was the first American to receive an honorary doctorate from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. In 2005-06 he was honored as NKU's Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor. He earned his masters degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire and his doctorate in economics from the University of Utah.

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Megan Mahoney
Megan Mahoney
Academic Coordinator
BC 375
(859) 572-6526
mahoneym4@nku.edu

Biography

Megan is from Nashville, TN and is a graduate from WKU. She and her husband relocated to NKY upon her husbands acceptance to teach at Highlands High School. Working for NKU is a dream come true for Megan, as she has a passion for students and higher education. She also welcomed her first child over the summer and hopes to have a future Norse! 

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Abdullah Al Bahrani
Abdullah Al Bahrani
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Economic Education
BC 340
(859) 572-5799
albahrania1@nku.edu

Biography

Abdullah Al-Bahrani is the Director of the Center for Economic Education and an Associate Professor of Economics at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2010. He also holds a Masters of Economic Theory from American University, Washington, D.C and a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of Louisville. Abdullah's research focuses on financial literacy education, and financial behavior. He also is passionate about economic education. In 2016 he received the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Instruction at Northern Kentucky University and the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching at the Haile College of Business in 2015. His teaching and research focuses on innovative teaching methods and making economics more accessible to today’s students. He realizes that students today are in a constant state of multi-tasking and often have several things competing for their attention at once. To address this issue, he incorporates social media, TV, movies and music to encourage student engagement in the classroom. His methods rely heavily on the use of active learning techniques and live classroom demonstrations and students have been receptive to his teaching methods and classroom projects like Econ Beats, HONYEcon, and EconSelfies.His research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, International Review of Economic Education, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, Journal of Housing Research, Journal of Housing Economics and Southern Economic Journal.

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Linda Dynan
Linda Dynan
Professor
BC 330
(859) 572-5158
dynanl@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Linda Dynan is a Professor of Economics at Northern Kentucky University. She earned her B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA, MPhil and doctorate in economics from Columbia University in the City of New York. She completed a post-doctoral Crosby Research Fellowship with the Hospital Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association.  Dr. Dynan's research interests and grant writing activity focus on health economics. She maintains an appointment as Adjunct Research Associate Professor at the Anderson Center for Health System Excellence of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Dynan’s work has been published in leading health services research and medical journals such as Health Affairs,
Pediatrics, Medical Care Research and Review, and Health Services Research. She examines the organization, delivery, and quality improvement of health services as well as exploring the intersection of behavioral economics and health as it relates to childhood obesity. Her teaching interests include health, labor and development economics, econometrics, and research methods. 

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JC Kim
Jang-Chul Kim
Professor
BC 320
(859) 572-1486
kimj1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Jang-Chul (JC) Kim is an Associate Professor of Finance. He earned his BBA and MS in Finance from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Finance from University of Memphis. His teaching and research interests are in the area of investments, international finance, corporate finance, and market microstructure. Dr. Kim’s research has been published in leading finance journals including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Financial Management (FM), Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking (JMCB), Journal of Financial Research (JFR), and Financial Review (FR). Before joining NKU, Dr. Kim taught finance at North Dakota State University.Since spring 2011, Dr. Kim has been teaching FIN 450, Advanced Investment Analysis. In this class, Dr. Kim leads a select group of Haile College of Business students who manage the Haile Student Investment Fund (HSIF). The HSIF was launched in spring 2011 as part of a $15 million gift from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation. Under Dr. Kim’s leadership the HSIF consistently outperformed its benchmark, growing from its initial $465,000 to a total of $1,150,000 by the end of summer 2020. Based on its performance, the Haile Student Investment Fund was awarded a 5 star rating from Morningstar.

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Young Kim
Young Kim
Professor
BC 331
(859) 572-5160
kimy1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Young Kim is Professor of Finance. He earned a Ph.D. in finance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, an M.S. in finance from Georgia State University, and a B.A. in Accounting from Chung-Ang University in Korea. His teaching interests are in the area of corporate finance, international financial management, and investments. His research and publications focus on agency theory, corporate diversification, merger and acquisitions, corporate governance, and risk management. In addition to Dr. Kim's academic experience, he was a fund manager for Oxy Co, Ltd. in Seoul, Korea. He is a PRM Certified Risk Manager and a Certified Financial Risk Managers.

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Nancy Lang
Nancy Lang
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center for Economic Education
BC 339
(859) 572-5155
lang@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Nancy Lang is Associate Professor of Economics. Her primary teaching areas are microeconomics, international business and economics, and economics for teachers. Dr. Lang's research interests include instructional strategies for teaching economics, learning and teaching styles, and attitudes toward economic issues. She is co-author of a high school economics textbook and conducts professional development programs in economic and financial education for teachers. She is actively involved in a variety of internationally-focused programs that have taken her to countries such as Estonia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Ukraine, Mexico and Quebec. She earned her doctorate in economic education at the University of Georgia.

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Sharif Mazumder
Sharif Mazumder
Assistant Professor
BC 336
(859) 572-5523
mazumderm1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Sharif Mazumder is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Haile College of Business. He earned BBA from University of Dhaka, MS in finance from University of Wyoming, and his Ph.D. in finance from Oklahoma State University. His teaching and research interests include corporate Finance, corporate governance, culture and finance, investment, international finance and trade, and banking. Dr. Mazumder’s research has been published in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Finance Research Letter, Journal of Financial Services Research, and so on. His research presented in many national and international conferences including the Financial Management Association, Southern Finance Association, World Finance
Symposium, University of North Texas, and Oklahoma State University. Before
joining NKU, he taught finance at Laramie County Community College, Wyoming. He also worked as a foreign trade analyst in Southeast Bank Ltd, a reputed Commercial Bank of Bangladesh, for 6 years.

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Qing Su
Qing Su
Professor
BC 338
(859) 572-6590
suq1@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. Qing Su  is a Professor of Economics at Northern Kentucky University. Her teaching interests include intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, urban and regional economics, and managerial economics. As a researcher, her major interests are in the interdisciplinary studies in the field of urban and regional economics, energy economics, and transportation economics. 

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JC Thompson
J.C. "Duke" Thompson
Professor
BC 379
(859) 572-5179
thompsonj2@nku.edu

Biography

Dr. J.C. “Duke” Thompson is a professor of finance at Northern Kentucky University. He received his doctorate in finance and statistics from the University of Kentucky in 1990, his MBA in finance from Youngstown State University (OH) in 1983 and his BA in accounting from Westminster College (PA) in 1976.His research and teaching interests encompass the areas of financial markets and institutions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and ethics. Dr. Thompson has presented numerous papers at regional and national conferences and has published in various finance and ethics journals. Prior to pursuing his academic career, Dr. Thompson spent 10 years with the Automotive Products Division of Rockwell International in finance and manufacturing positions in various geographical locations. Additionally, he was the CFO of an equipment leasing company in the Pittsburgh area and a tax accountant with Arthur Andersen in Detroit.He currently serves as a director of Bluegrass Bancshares in Lexington, KY and is a founding shareholder and consultant to several online media companies.Dr. Thompson is a member of the Eastern Finance Association, the Midwest Finance Association and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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