Graduate Students

If you have questions about our graduate program or our current job market candidates, contact us.

Graduate Director:
Georg Schaur
865-974-1710
gschaur@utk.edu

Graduate Program Assistant:
Sherri Pinkston
865-974-1687
spinksto@utk.edu

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Gabriel Appau Abeyie

3rd year
504 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Applied Econometrics

I graduated in economics and statistics from the University of Ghana. I completed my master’s degree in economics and decision science from the University of North Texas, Denton. My research interests include macroeconomics and international finance. Personal Website

Email: gabeyie@vols.utk.edu

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Ivan Peter Anich

3rd year
506 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Environmental & International Economics

I grew up in Chicago and lived in Colorado for 10 years. I entered graduate school wanting to study the spread of renewable energy and I am working toward making that a reality. My specializations are in environmental economics and international economics. I enjoy the challenge of doing research and I aspire to make a difference in the spread of renewable energy.

Email: ianich@vols.utk.edu

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Halima Begum

2nd year
536 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Finance and Statistics

Working as a central banker motivated me to pursue a Ph.D. in economics. I have both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics, as well as an MBA in finance. My primary research interests are economic forecasting and international trade.

Email: hbegum1@vols.utk.edu

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Michael Charysh

4th year
530 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Public, International

My research interests include education and health. I graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Email: mcharysh@vols.utk.edu

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Debanjali Dasgupta

2nd year
536 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics

I graduated in economics from Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, India. I completed my master’s degree in economics from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, India. My research Interests include health, environmental and labor economics.

Email: ddasgup2@vols.utk.edu

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Trinity Douglass

2nd year
504 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Agricultural Economics and Public Health

My research interests include labor and discrimination. I received a bachelor's degree in public health from the University of Washington and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, trail running and mountain biking.

Email: tdougl18@vols.utk.edu

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Linnea Endersby

2nd year
721 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics

My research interests include the economics of education and health. I graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Email: lendersb@vols.utk.edu

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Lucas Garcez

3rd year
506 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Law & Economics

I work with applied micro topics such as migration, health and education. I have a law degree and experience with software development, so I love interdisciplinary work. I am always up for discussing "unusual" research ideas (as long as they can be IRB approved). I believe there is a lot of unexplored data from courts, notaries and other public agencies out there waiting to be used. I love nature, cycling and kayaking and I am a big fan of classic rock, electronic music, board games and Lord of the Rings. If you want to talk about any of these topics, don't hesitate to send me an email.

Email: lnoguei1@vols.utk.edu

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Kaden Grace

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics

After graduating with degrees in economics and mathematics from Ole Miss, I have settled in for a new adventure in Knoxville. My research is driven by a passion to give back and help those less fortunate. I am interested in consumer finance, health and education economics. I enjoy scuba diving, fly-fishing and riding my motorcycle.

Email: kgrace7@vols.utk.edu

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Diego Guerrero

3rd year
721 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Labor Economics and Public Economics

I hold a B.A. in liberal studies from the Metropolitan University, Caracas, Venezuela, and M.S. in applied economics from St. Cloud State University. I am an applied microeconomist focused on public economics, development economics and political economy. My research analyzes the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on human capital, labor markets and family dynamics.

Email: dguerre4@vols.utk.edu

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Lucas Chaves Gurgel

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Behavioral & Experimental Economics and Industrial Organization

I am Lucas Gurgel, from Brazil. I graduated in electrical engineering at Federal University of Ceara, and worked for a while in the field. Later, I got my master’s degree in economics in the same university. I am currently in the first year of my Ph.D. program in economics. My interests are health economics and family economics. Outside school, I usually spend time with my family, read and (used to) surf.

Email: lchavesg@vols.utk.edu

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Xin Jin

2nd year
536 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Applied Economics Mathematical Science

I graduated from Zhengzhou University, China, with a bachelor's and a master's degree in economics. I also completed my master’s in mathematics from the University of West Florida. My research interests include environmental, education and labor economics.

Email: xjin11@vols.utk.edu

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Prubesh Lutchmunsing Balgobin

3rd year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Environmental & Animal Welfare Economics and Public Finance

Email: pbalgobi@vols.utk.edu

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Johnathan Paul Lynn

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics

I graduated from Augusta University in my hometown of Augusta, Georgia, with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minor in economics, and received my master’s in economics from Georgia State University. My research interests are in industrial organization, urban economics and international economics. I love hiking, sports and cooking out with friends and family.

Email: jlynn15@vols.utk.edu

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Trenton Marable

2nd year
536 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Civil and Environmental Engineering

After graduating from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering with minors in economics and mathematics, I have returned to my home state. Leaning into my background, I am primarily interested in environmental and resource economics. My research interests align closely with my personal interests — I enjoy cycling, hiking and camping.

Email: tmarable@vols.utk.edu

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Connor Neff

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics and Statistics

I graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in economics and statistics. My primary interests are in environmental/resource and health economics. I spend my time outside of graduate school rock climbing, traveling and enjoying live music.

Email: cneff6@vols.utk.edu

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Deng Pan

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics and Finance

My research interests include international trade and experimental economics. I graduated from American University with a master's degree in finance. I also completed my bachelor’s degree in economics at Feng Chia University, Taiwan. I love playing basketball and Texas hold 'em.

Email: dpan4@vols.utk.edu

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Prabuddha Prakash

3rd year
506 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Labor, Health, Public, and Environmental Economics

I graduated with a master’s degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics, India. Having a penchant for applied micro, I love exploring any topic at the intersection of public, international trade and environmental economics. My goal is to provide empirical evidence to policy makers.

Email: pprakas1A@vols.utk.edu

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Alannah Shute

3rd year
721 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Public Finance, Urban and Regional Economics

My research interests include various topics in applied microeconomics, with a primary focus on state and local public finance. Before coming to the University of Tennessee, I worked as a research assistant at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. I graduated from Simmons University in 2019 with a B.S. in economics and mathematics. My personal interests include baking and visiting craft breweries.

Email: ashute@vols.utk.edu

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Ryan Swartzentruber

3rd year
528 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Environmental, Public

I earned my bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from Eastern Mennonite University and my master's degree in natural resource economics from Colorado State University. My research focuses on environmental economic issues with interest in behavioral and experimental economics. In my free time, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking or any other excuse to spend time outside with my spouse.

Email: rswartz1@vols.utk.edu

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Nohemi Torres Salazar

1st year
533 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics

I graduated from Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) with a bachelor's degree in economics. I'm interested in economic growth, its interactions with consumption and investment, and labor economics. I enjoy indoor cycling, playing guitar and hanging out with my friends and family.

Email: ntorress@vols.utk.edu

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Thomas Verville

2nd year
536 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Economics and Spanish

My research interests include international trade and industrial organization. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in economics. I also completed my bachelor's degree in economics and Spanish at Kalamazoo College. I love playing golf and spending time with my family.

Email: tvervill@vols.utk.edu

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Ge Wu

4th year
528 Stokely Management Center

Fields of Interest: Public, Environmental

I graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance. I completed my master’s degree in finance from Purdue University. My research interests include education, environmental and labor economics.

Email: Gwu11@vols.utk.edu