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Faculty Profiles

*Department Chair

Shatanjaya Dasgupta, Assistant Professor
B.S. Presidency College, M.S. Delhi School of Economics, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Office: Room 203, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2722

Professor Dasgupta joined the Department of Economics in the fall of 2014. Her principal area of research is development economics, although her work frequently incorporates topics from labor economics, economic demography, and health economics. Her current research interests include investigating gender gaps in child health investments, examining the effects of partner choices on post-marital bargaining power of women, and exploring the relative effects of economic cycles on health conditions of men and women. She teaches courses in intermediate microeconomics, development economics, and gender economics.

Profile for Shatanjaya Dasgupta was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Bob Elder*, Full Professor, Department Chair
B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University

Office: Room 201, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2285

Professor Elder joined the faculty in 1989. He teaches courses in macroeconomics, money and banking, econometrics, game theory, and mathematical economics. During the 1994-95 academic year, he held a Fulbright Lectureship at the Krakow Academy of Economics in Poland. Bob spent the 2001-02 academic year in Riga, Latvia, again on a Fulbright Lectureship. He also has taught in the international MBA program at the Helsinki School of Economics. His professional interests involve applications of game theory in macroeconomics and in the operations of liberal arts colleges. Bob also studies methods of compiling rankings when there are multiple dimensions of performance that can be ordered with regard to their relative importance. This ranking methodology is called Dominetrics, and Bob produces Dominetrics rankings of college basketball teams each January, February, and March, posting these rankings on a weekly basis on the Economics Department web site.

Profile for Bob Elder was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Laura Grube, Assistant Professor
B.A. Beloit College, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University

Office: Room 1, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2376

Professor Grube teaches Principles of Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, and Austrian School Economics. Her research interests include political economy (and constitutional political economy), economic development, and Austrian School economics. From July 2008 - May 2009, Laura worked with the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa) as a Fulbright Student. Additionally, Laura was a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting and senior business analyst at Perficient, Inc.

Profile for Laura Grube was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Daniel Mooney, Visiting Instructor
B.A. University of Wisconsin Madison, M.S. Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Michigan State University, currently a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Office: Room 204, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2074


Profile for Daniel Mooney was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Warren Palmer, Full Professor, Neese Chair
B.S. University of Montana, M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, University of Wisconsin Madison

Office: Room 101, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2345

Professor Palmer joined the Department in 1992. He has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, finance, comparative economic systems, international comparisons of industrial firms, managerial economics, the Chinese economy, and energy and environmental economics. Most recently, he developed a new course, The Life and Financial Planning Workshop, an interdisciplinary course open to any junior or senior. The course helps students identify the key financial decisions they will face following graduation, gives them the analytical tools to make wealth- and life-enhancing decisions and helps them recognize potential entrepreneurial opportunities in choosing their life and career paths. A late entrant into academia, Professor Palmer has operated various small businesses continuously since 1975. He has owned a print shop, worked as a publications consultant, contributed articles to Organic Gardening and other magazines and, with his spouse, continues to rent out the house that they designed and built in the mountains outside of Missoula, Montana. He and his spouse even once operated a small farm, at least according to the 1980 census worker who visited their Montana home and claimed that growing bedding plants for sale made their four acre homestead a "small farm".

Profile for Warren Palmer was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Diep Phan, Associate Professor, Coleman Chair
B.A. Macalester College, Ph.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin Madison

Office: Room 202, Campbell Hall
Phone: 608-363-2113

Professor Phan's primary research interest is in economic growth and development of developing nations, especially East and Southeast Asian economies. Currently she is researching extensively on the labor market in Vietnam, studying the impacts of economic growth, structural change and trade liberalization on the labor market outcomes, and how such impacts relate to poverty and income distributions issues. In 2009, she joined the Department of Economics at Beloit, teaching international economics in addition to introductory economics.

Profile for Diep Phan was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Jeff Adams, Emeritus
B.S. Carroll College, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Office: Room 4, Campbell Hall

Professor Adams began his career at Beloit College in 1982. His primary research interest is in community economic development (including the impact of economic amenities and civic capital on community development). He has been actively involved with Beloit 2020, a local nonprofit development corporation devoted to renewing the historic core of Beloit. He has been the advisor to Belmark Associates since 1985. Professor Adams did post-doctoral study as a National Institutes of Health Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Adams has been an active member of many civic organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

Profile for Jeff Adams was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.

Jerry Gustafson, Emeritus
B.A. Beloit College, Ph.D. in Economics, Johns Hopkins University


Professor Gustafson joined the faculty in 1967. For twenty years, he taught economic principles and theory, focusing upon his interests in public-choice-making and welfare theory. As a Fellow of the American Political Science Association in 1973-74, he was aide in House and Senate offices where he worked on energy legislation and budget process reform. In 1987, Professor Gustafson became Coleman Foundation Professor in Entrepreneurship. He began to teach courses in entrepreneurship and business in which he has increasingly specialized. He is a member of the Coleman Council for Entrepreneurship Awareness, of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and serves on the board of Self-Employment in the Arts. He is a former member of the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee to the Kauffman Foundation, and the recipient of the Appel Prize, from the Price/Babson Institute, for bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to academe. In 2004, Professor Gustafson founded and became Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB), an incubator for student businesses. He held Fulbright Senior Lectureships at Marmara University, Istanbul (1987–88) and at the Middle-East Technical Institute, Ankara, Turkey (1995-96), and was founder of the Beloit/Turkey Student Exchange Program.

Profile for Jerry Gustafson was last updated on Jun 30, 2015.