Economics is about more than money.

Valparaiso University economics faculty are committed to engaging their students in meaningful dialogue on the moral and ethical dimensions of economic systems and policies within the context of private, Christian higher education. Caring and committed faculty help students learn to think critically about the value-oriented issues of poverty, income distribution, discrimination, and business ethics.

With a student-faculty ratio of six to one, Valpo’s economics students get plenty of opportunity to work closely with experienced, diverse faculty members who specialize in development economics, econometrics, public finance, environmental economics, international economics, and schools of economic thought and methodology.

Valpo’s economics faculty have distinguished themselves individually and collectively, presiding over prestigious organizations, including the History of Economics Society, the Association of Social Economics, and the Midwest Economics Association and serving as program organizer for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession for the Midwest Economics Association meetings.


Sedefka Beck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


James A. Bernard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus


Nirupama Devaraj, Ph.D.
IEF Program Director, Associate Professor

Yi Duan
Visiting Assistant Professor


Sara Gundersen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


James P. Henderson, Ph.D.
Senior Research Professor of Economics


T.J. Rakitan, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor



Jaishankar Raman, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Associate Professor


Daniel E. Saros, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor

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