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Graduates of the Ph.D. Program

Clark's Program has been granting Ph.D.s for the past three-quarters of a century, and recipients of Clark degrees are found in universities and colleges around the world, including fifteen states and nine countries. These institutions include well-known liberal arts colleges such as Bard, Wartburg (in Iowa), Providence (in Rhode Island), and universities such as Lehigh, Villanova, Valparaiso, Kent State, and the University of South Florida. In addition, graduates currently work on the staffs of three national banks (Mexico, Greece, and Korea), at the World Bank, the U.S. Treasury, the Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Graduates have found employment in the private sector with firms such as Arthur Andersen, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wellington Capital Management. Graduates have also found employment with economics consulting firms in Boston and Washington. Non-governmental agencies that serve as employers of Clark Ph.D.s include the World Food Program and the Human Ecology Group of Switzerland.

Some Recent Graduates

The biographies of these recent graduates provide some indication of the opportunities available to Clark Ph.D.s in Economics. They welcome the enquiries of students who may be interested in the Ph.D. program.

Michail Fragkias received his Ph.D. in 2004 focusing on spatial/urban and environmental economics.  His dissertation titled "Essays in Applied Spatial Economics" was completed under the direction of  Jacqueline Geoghegan.  From September 2003 to September 2006 Michail was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.  Currently (and since November 2006) he is the Executive Officer of the IHDP Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project housed by the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

His publications include:  "Quantifying Spatiotemporal Patterns of Urban Land-use Change in Four Cities of China with Time Series Landscape Metrics", Landscape Ecology, 20, 871-888, 2005 (with Karen C. Seto); "Mangrove Conversion and Aquaculture Development in Vietnam:  A Remote Sensing-Based Approach for Evaluating the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands", Global Environmental Change, 2007, in press (with Karen C. Seto); "Modeling Urban Growth in Data-Sparse Environments:  A New Approach", Environment and Planning B, 2007, in press (with Karen C. Seto).  His research interest focus on urban land use change, urban growth modeling, urban spatial structure and its interactions with the environment.

In his current position, at the IHDP Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) project, together with a group of international scholars he is contributing to the efforts for a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between global environmental change (GEC) and urbanization at the local, regional, and global scales.  The project is a platform for coordination for an interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners and targets the enhancement of exchanges of experiences and knowledge.  It facilitates cooperation within and among various world regions with respect to theories, models and methods, state policies and local initiatives related to Urbanization and Global Environmental Change.  More information on Michail can be found on the project's website and upcoming activities can be found at:  http://www.ugec.org/.

Colin Vance is a recent graduate (2000) in environmental economics and economic development. The title of his dissertation was "Land-Use Change, Deforestation, and Peasant Farm Systems: A Case Study of Mexico's Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region,"  which was completed under the direction of Jacqueline Geoghegan. His publications include “Modeling Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatan Peninsular Region: Comparing Survey and Satellite Data," Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment,  (84(1-3):25-46, 2001 (with Jacqueline Geoghegan, Sergio Cortina Villar, Peter Klepeis, Pedro Macario Mendoza, Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Rinku Roy Chowdhury, and B. L. Turner II))

Colin joined the National Center for Environmental Economics(NCEE) in September 2000.  NCEE is the EPA's center of expertise for analysis in environmental economics. Colin's general fields of research are spatially explicit theoretical and empirical modeling of land use change and linkages between trade and the environment. As a graduate student, he worked on a project that addressed the causes of tropical deforestation through the linkage of satellite imagery and household survey data. Currently, he is working on a project to quantify the benefits and costs of forest harvesting related to the trade in softwood lumber between the United States and Canada. In addition, he is developing transportation models to investigate the motivations that underlie the decisions households make to live in a particular locale and commute by a particular mode of private or public transit.

Yamini Gupt is a recent graduate (2000) in industrial organization applied to environmental issues. Her dissertation was entitled "Pollution in a Spatial Model." It was completed under the direction of Chris Veendorp. Her publications include "Externalities in a Hotelling Model Source," Southern Economic Journal (64(1): 321-25, 1997).

Yamini is a lecturer in the Dept. of Business Economics at Delhi University, which offers graduate courses in applied economics and business management. She is currently teaching industrial economics, environmental and natural resource economics and the economics of services (health, tourism, education and insurance).  Currently, she is working on a project on human resource management in India's hotel industry. This is funded by the federation of hotel and restaurant association of India. Along with a senior colleague, she is also involved in putting together a volume on sustainable development consisting of papers presented at a workshop organized by her department.

Lou Nadeau completed his Ph.D. in 1998 with a major field of Applied Econometrics, but with an emphasis on regulatory issues. His dissertation, entitled "An Empirical Investigation of EPA Effectiveness: Enforcement and Compliance in the Pulp and Paper Industry," was completed under the direction of Wayne Gray. Publications from this research include "EPA Effectiveness at Reducing the Duration of Plant-Level Noncompliance," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (34: 54-78, 1997).

Lou joined Eastern Research Group in Lexington, MA where he is employed as a Senior Economist. His current work involves assessing the performance of Federal and state agencies at meeting their goals. For the EPA, Lou designed an analysis that looked at the impacts of Agency enforcement actions on facility-level behavior in the petroleum refining and iron and steel industries. Also for the EPA, he developed an analysis of the impacts that compliance assistance programs have on facility compliance. For OSHA, Lou has assisted in the development of methodologies used by the Agency to measure performance over the next ten years.

Sujha Subramanian completed her Ph.D. in 1997 with major fields in Health Economics and Applied Econometrics. Her dissertation, "Child Health and the Utilization of Primary Health Services in Tanzania," was directed by Attiat Ott. She has published seven articles in refereed journals, including Impact of Global Bundled Payments on Hospital Costs of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Journal of Health Care Finance (2001. (with C. H Lui and J. Cromwell)).

Sujha is currently a Senior Research Associate at Health Economic Research. She has extensive experience in performing large-scale database analysis and in cost estimation. She has developed costing methodologies for clinical outcomes studies, performed several assessments using economic modeling, and partnered with physician societies to generate practice guidelines. She has conducted research in the areas of cardiac care, cervical cancer, colon cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, uterine fibroids, and prenatal care. Subramanian has also worked on several projects involving insurance coverage and payment systems.