New program: Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy
The Economics Department announces the initiation of a new
Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy.
The program will be administered jointly by the Economics Department and the Fletcher School,
and will include two years of classwork before commencement of independent research leading towards
the completion of a thesis. We are now accepting applications to the program for the inaugural
class that will enter the program next Fall. Students already enrolled in
master's programs in either the Economics Department or the Fletcher
School may apply for entry with advanced standing. Further details
may be found on our
website or Tufts'
Graduate School website.
Daniel Ounjian Field
The newest, super-modern athletic field at Tufts has been named for former long-time
Economics Chair and even longer-time member of the Tufts faculty, Dan Ounjian, who died in 1994.
The new field, located beyond Huskins Field and next to Bello Field in the area across
College Avenue from Cousins Gymnasium, features an Astroturf surface, the fast-playing,
non-directional surface which is the gold standard for field hockey and is also equipped
with a watering system which will improve the speed of play, the roll of the ball,
and player safety. Deepest thanks to Dough Rachlin, Economics '85, who spearheaded the
fundraising effort and the many alums he encouraged to honor Professor Ounjian in this way.
Department is happy to announce that Federico Espósito, of Yale, will be joining
the Department in September, 2016. Federico specializes in the study of
international trade and finance. He will teach at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. We are very happy to welcome Professor Espósito to Tufts
more about Professor Espósito.
The Economics Department is also happy to announce that
both David Dapice and
George Norman have been granted Emeriti status by the Trustees of Tufts College,
following unanimous votes by the Economics senior faculty. Both announced their
retirement last year with George finishing his Tufts career in December, 2015
and David finishing this past May. Both gave many years of service
throughout their distinguished careers in policy-making and economic
scholarship. Both were also thoroughly devoted to teaching and the welfare
of their students. We congratulate both David and George on their Emeriti
status. Read a brief, whimsical salute to
In an unprecedented double, Professor Jeff Zabel won this year's Economics
Department awards for both undergraduate and graduate teaching.
The undergraduate award is chosen by the Economics Society based on feedback
from undergraduate majors. The graduate award is chosen by a special committee
of graduate students, again with feedback from all doing graduate work in
economics. Each award is presented at an end-of-year luncheon and the
presentations made clear how deeply all students appreciated the commitment and
skill that Professor Zabel brings to all his teaching and mentoring. The
Economics faculty is happy to congratulate Professor Zabel for this first (but
perhaps not the last) teaching double of his career.