Faculty Profile

Sara  Gundersen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Arts & Sciences, Rm. 366
(219) 464-5118




College of Arts and Sciences, Emerging Teacher Award, recipient, Valparaiso University, August 2015

College of Arts and Sciences, Emerging Teacher Award, nominee, Valparaiso University, August 2014

Valparaiso University CELT Grant, recipient, May 2013

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, recipient, Clark University, 2006-2007



B.A. - University of Wisconsin, Stout 
M.A. - Clark University 
Ph.D. - Clark University 

Areas of Specialization

Development Economics, Economics of Education, Econometrics, Teaching Economics

Courses Taught

Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Race and Gender, Economics of Developing Nations, Econometrics, and Managerial Economics


  • Is Market Power Destructive? An Undergraduate Assignment Using Adam Smith's Criticisms of Monopolies, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 3.4, pp. 415-423 (published under Sara Bothun), 2012 
  • "Does Education Signal Ability in Ghana? An Analysis Comparing Wage Earners with the Self-Employed", International Journal of Education Economics and Development, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 236-261, 2015 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Center for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)