María Padilla-Romo joins the Department of Economics as an assistant professor. She comes to Haslam from Texas A&M University, where she completed her doctorate. Padilla-Romo’s research interests include applied microeconomics, public economics and development economics on topics including Mexico’s drug war and the effects of full-time schools on academic performance. Her work has appeared in English and Spanish publications, including the Cato Research Briefs in Economic Policy. She also has been quoted in Time magazine and Newsweek.