Trevon Logan

Dr. Trevon Logan is a professor of economics and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. As an expert in economic demography, economic history and applied microeconomics, Logan can provide insight on the racial disparities of the economic impact of the coronavirus and how the lapse in federal unemployment benefits is affecting the economy.

Logan’s economic history research looks into how the human standard of living has changed over time. He’s currently focused on historical health patterns, racial discrimination, political economy, mortality, morbidity, and racial disparities in health.

His economic demography research has covered everything from dowries in South Asia to the economic, social and health impacts of male sex work. Outside of his two larger areas of focus, Logan has also researched the economics of sports betting and college football polls.

Logan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to receive two master’s degrees demography and economics and his doctoral degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Location: Columbus, OH

Expertise Field: Economic history and demography, health economics, microeconomics

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Twitter: @TrevonDLogan

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Last updated August 10, 2020

Azzeddine Azzam

Azzeddine Azzam is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Azzam has worked in the field for about 34 years, and his teaching and research interests include microeconomics and agricultural and natural resource economies.

The Washington Post reported about Azzam’s research on how Americans could lose weight by switching to diets common in other countries. He was also quoted by the Norfolk Daily News in 2018 on the Trump administration’s trade policies. He has written about topics such as how a greenhouse gas tax would affect the price of a burger for the industry publication Beef Magazine.

Azzam previously taught as a Fulbright scholar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. He chaired the economics department at the University of Dubai, and served as senior economic adviser at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He founded the Center for Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, as well as the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, where he is also an editor.


Location: Lincoln, Neb. 

Expertise: Microeconomics, industrial organization, agriculture, livestock

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Phone: 402- 472-5326 (o)


Listen to Azzeddine Azzam on the Policy Center for the New South:

Last updated: May 11, 2020

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury is a professor of social sciences and economics at Brown University, as well as the vice president of the American Economics Association. His expertise lies in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics and the economics of race and inequality.

Loury is an outspoken social critic and has worked as a contributing editor for The New Republic and The Boston Review. He is the author of several books including The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration and American Values.

Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University

Areas of Expertise: Applied Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Industrial Organization, Natural Resource Economics, Economics of Race & Inequality

Location: Brookline, MA

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Phone: (617) 460-4510


Loury speaks at the U.S. Studies Centre:

Lisa Cook

Lisa D. Cook is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was also Deputy Director for Africa Research and Programs at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, was Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers. With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001.

From November 2008 to January 2009, Dr. Cook was on the Obama Presidential Transition Team and led the review of the World Bank and International Affairs division of the Treasury Department.  During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise: Economic Growth and Development, Innovation, Economics, Microeconomics, Deficit, International Markets, Finance, Property Rights, Financial Institutions and Crises

Location: East Lansing, MI

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Twitter: @drlisadcook

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Maria Marta Ferreyra

Maria Marta Ferreyra (fuh-RAY-ruh) is associate professor of economics in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on “the effects of large-scale reforms in K-12 education, such as school choice, school finance reform, public school accountability, and charter schools.”

Ferreyra served as a visiting scholar to both the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and theCowles Foundation at Yale University in 2012. She was also given the 2011 Excellence in Refereeing Award by the American Economic Review.

Associate Professor of Economics at Tepper School of Business

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Microeconomics, Economics of Education, Large-Scale Education Reforms, School Finance Reform, School Voucher Program, Charter Schools,Incentives in the Teacher Market

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

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Phone: (412) 268-1829


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