The Economics area was pleased to welcome three new faculty to campus this year! Jackie Doremus, Matthew Cole, and Stefanie Fischer all bring years of specialized research experience to the Learn by Doing philosophy at Cal Poly, and we are excited to welcome them!
Jackie Doremus is joining the Orfalea College of business as an Assistant Professor of Economics. Doremus primary academic interest is in better understanding how firms in developing countries impact environment and development outcomes as well as evaluating environmental policy effectiveness. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a PhD in Economics. Before graduate school, Doremus worked for the US Agency for International Development in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. She returned to the Republic of Congo on a Fulbright fellowship, collecting data in the north for her paper on the unintended impacts of Forest Certification on households’ nutrition outcomes.
Stefanie Fischer joined the Economics area faculty in 2015. As an applied microeconomist specializing in the economics of education, her research uses quasi-experimental designs to provide insight into important policy-relevant topics related to education as well as other areas of applied microeconomics, such as crime and health. She is particularly interested in understanding the outcomes of historically marginalized groups. Fischer earned a master’s and doctorate in economics from UC Santa Barbara in 2015. She also earned an M.A. in applied economics from Montana State University and a B.S. in mathematics from Linfield College in Oregon. As a first-year assistant professor, she is teaching the upper-division course Introduction to Econometrics and the master’s-level Labor Economics course.
Matthew Cole is an international trade economist who specializes in strategic trade policy, the political economy of trade, and trade flows. Matthew joins the economics faculty after spending three years as an assistant professor at Florida International University. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at University College Dublin in Ireland. He grew up in Iowa and earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001, received his M.A. from the University of Iowa in 2003 and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2009. Matthew has taught numerous classes, from Principles of Microeconomics to Graduate Microeconomics at the Ph.D. level.