UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Teaching

Courses

Since arriving at UC Davis in 2006, I have taught several editions of three different courses:

  • Introduction to International Economic Development (ARE 115A), a course that draws 300+ undergraduates from across a wide range of majors, including Managerial Economics, Economics, International Relations, and International Agricultural Development. I have always loved teaching this class, which led me to co-author an unconventional textbook with Ed Taylor. (see Essentials of Development Economics)
  • Demand & Market Analysis (ARE 258), the capstone course of our MS program that aims to synthesize students' training in microeconomic theory and empirical methods and provide insights into the process of conducting research. (recent syllabus)
  • Microeconomics of Development (ARE 215C), the third course in our PhD development sequence. (recent syllabus)

Prior to 2006 I taught a range of courses at the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University and - as a PhD student - at Cornell Univeristy:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Environmental & Resource Economics
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Business & Poverty
  • Controversies in the Global Economy
  • Economic Applications of GIS
  • Economics of Engineering Systems (MS-Cornell Univeristy)

Visualizing Economics & Development

As I converged on my current profession, I considered several careers that rely heavily on visual aesthetics, including landscape architecture, advertising, graphic design, and photography. Deep down, I am a big fan of visual imagery and admire successful visual depictions of complex models, relationships or information as a true art form.

In just about any professional setting, I favor the use visual imagery to motivate, build comprehension, and improve retention. Here are a few resources that I lean on for visual imagery. Effective and often inspiring examples of thoughtful visulalization of information are now far more common than they once were; this is only a sampling.

Some Excellent Visualization Links & Examples

Gapminder

WorldBank Data Visualizer

Worldmapper

Edward Tufte

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization

Atlas of Complexity & The Observatory of Economic Complexity

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