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Research Assistants

Research Assistants

Zhuo F. Chen Zhuo F. Chen

Zhuo F. Chen is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Cortland (SUNY Cortland) with a B.A. in Economics and a concentration in political economy and public policy in May 2014. Zhuo is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a co-discipline in the social science consortium. His research interests are in the areas of development economics, international economics, labor studies, political economy, resources and environmental economics, ecological economics, monetary theory, and economic history.

Bronwen EspenBronwen Espen

Bronwen Espen is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. She will be graduating from Denison University this coming May with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. In addition to working for the institute, she is a teaching assistant in the university’s Modern Languages department. Her research interests include Latin American economic policy and migration, focusing specifically on Mexico. In the spring of 2017, she spent a semester abroad in Cuernavaca, Morelos where she studied globalization and its impact on the environment. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in migrant resettlement and citizenship services.

Anthony Eisenbarth Anthony Eisenbarth

Anthony Eisenbarth is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. A graduate from Eastern Oregon University, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri—Kansas City with a social science co-discipline. His research interests include macrodynamics, monetary theory, economic history, labor studies, political economy, and the economics of race and gender. He will soon have his first publication appearing in the Review of Keynesian Economics. Anthony is also an aspiring author and devoted long distance runner.

Will FogartyWill Fogarty

Will Fogarty is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. A recent graduate of Denison University with an Economics major and Philosophy minor, Will is interested in correcting areas of economic injustice. Along with his passion for Modern Money Theory, he has developed a deep interest in understanding economic history and is considering pursuing a graduate program in one of these fields. Outside of academia, Will is a dedicated reader, avid sports enthusiast, older brother, and lifelong resident of the Bay Area.Will Fogarty is the author of “Federally Funded, Locally Organized: An Affordable Job Guarantee Program,” Working Paper No. 108 (July 2015).

NatalieBrownNatalie Kane

Natalie Kane is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2014 with two majors, one in environmental studies and another in Spanish language and literature, with a minor in anthropology.  To improve her fluency in Spanish, she volunteered at a daycare in Paraguay for two months in 2010 and stayed in Granada, Spain, for three months in 2013 where she tutored a family in English and finished her studies in the Spanish language.  Natalie worked for Kiewit Power Constructors (KPC) for two years during her undergraduate career, where she received training in Clean Air Act compliance, storm water pollution and prevention plan development, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System construction and compliance.  While working for KPC, she managed the Vendor Review program, a program that audits waste disposal vendors in an effort to reduce the risk of Kiewit’s pollution as defined by the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  Her experiences with Kiewit gave her an intimate understanding of how environmental policy is implemented and its overall effectiveness. Natalie’s undergraduate studies relating to her Spanish major focused on cultural and individual conceptions of the environment as documented in literature.  Her writing specific to environmental studies examines the possibility for the combination of new and old technology within local frameworks as a way to address pollution, food scarcity and unemployment, which is supported by the use of Geographic Information Systems analysis.  Her interest in economics originated in her desire to pursue a career that emphasized interdisciplinary research and a systems-based approach to environmental problems and their associated social, political and economic causes and implications.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in economics with an emphasis in geosciences at her alma mater, the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a sophomore at Denison University. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Economics. In addition to her work with the Binzagr Institute, Linh is the Student Research Assistant for the Global Studies Seminars and the Public Relations Chair of Asian Culture Culture at Denison University. In the summer of 2015, she served as the Public Relations Assistant Manager for VietAboarder Organization. Linh is from Hanoi, Vietnam and her interests include behavioral economics, international trade, marketing, visual communication, and photography.

FrancesFrances Osei-Bonsu

Frances Osei-Bonsu is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a graduate student in economics at Duke University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at Denison University in 2015. As a 2014 summer scholar, she focused her research project on tackling the issue of unemployment in developing countries; a topic that she is very passionate about. Frances is also interested in research that focuses on labor economics. She was able to explore this interest during her internship at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where she created an animated map that displays states’ major industries from 1990 to 2013. Frances has been a teaching assistant in the economics department at Denison for the last two years. She has also worked as a research intern in the economics department at Denison during the summer of 2013 to investigate pedagogical techniques for teaching macroeconomics and monetary theory.

Kyle Mohr Kyle Mohr

Kyle Mohr is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He received a B.A. in Global Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a primary discipline of Economics and co-discipline in the Social Science Consortium. His interests include macroeconomics, labor economics, and economic policy analysis.

Usha PradhanUsha Pradhan

Usha Pradhan is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. She holds a M.A in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at UMKC with Social Science Consortium as her co-discipline. Her research interests include Monetary Theory and Policy, Political Economy, Sustainable Economic Development, Environmental Economics, Peace Economics, and Energy Economics. Her undergraduate studies was in Computer Science. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the UMKC Economics Club.

Jordan Shipley

Jordan Shipley is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and currently at the University of Missouri – Kansas City pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics. In addition, he is pursuing a co-discipline in GeoSciences with a particular focus on applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) towards problems in urban and regional development. Previously, Jordan served as an intern with U.S. Department of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil and Kansas City, MO, and has been actively involved in several internationally focused organizations in Kansas City. After completing undergraduate studies at UMKC in business and economics Jordan spent the following years pursuing a career in music and music education, including a 2013 artist residency in Lisbon, Portugal studying the folk music of Portugal. His passion for folk music culture of the Lusophone world, South America, and the Middle East and North Africa region, has translated over into a focus on theses regions in his current studies. Jordan’s research interests include urban and regional development, development finance, and technological change. He is particularly interested in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the institutional aspects of technological advance for sustainable development and equitable economic growth.

Logan SmithLogan Smith

Logan Smith is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a master’s student in the Department of French and Italian at Miami University. Smith received a B.A from Denison University in 2016, majoring in English and French literature. As a 2014 summer scholar, he conducted a self-designed socio-linguistics research projected focused on regionalized Ohio grammar. His interests in public policy led to his participation in the John Adams Summer Legal Scholars Undergraduate Legal Studies conference at Kenyon College and a 2015 legislative internship in an Ohio Senator’s Washington D.C office. His current research interests include post-colonial theory in literature as well as environmental sustainability and job guarantee policies.

Richard TwumasiRichard Twumasi

Richard Twumasi is a Research Assistant at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. He completed his B.A. in Economics at the University of Ghana and his M.Sc. in Economics at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Richard is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research interests include African political economy, poverty and inequality, economics of exploitation, and economic policy analysis. Richard is from Ghana, he enjoys improving his fluency in French and traveling around the world.

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