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Matt Kovach will be joining us as an Assistant Professor of Economics. Matt’s research focuses on decision theory and behavioral economics.  He grew up in southern California and was an undergraduate student in Economics and Mathematics at UC Santa Barbara before receiving his PhD in Social Science from Caltech in 2015. Previously, Matt was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech.  

Abigail R. Banan will be joining us as Lecturer in Economics. Abi teaches undergraduate Microeconomics, Managerial Economics, and Money and Banking. She completed her Ph.D. in economics at Purdue University in 2023.

Ryan Umbeck will be joining us as a Visiting Lecturer in Economics. Ryan’s areas of interest include microeconomics and financial economics.  He grew up in West Lafayette and received master’s degrees in economics and finance from Purdue. Previously, Ryan was a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.

Lucas Reddinger will be joining us a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Vernon Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory (VSEEL). Lucas was an undergraduate student in Economics at Montana State University before receiving his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Economics Department is thrilled to welcome you!!