Graduate Alumni

Our graduate students go on to successful careers in academia, the public sector (e.g. federal and state governments), and the private sector (e.g. think tanks and consulting firms). We think the best way to sell our program is to show what our graduates actually do. Below we list some former PhD graduates, with their current positions. For more recent graduates, this reflects their initial placement. For more distant graduates, it reflects where their career has currently taken them. If you are a graduate alumni and want to update us on your current position, please contact us at:

Selected PhD Graduates (by year since 1990)

Samsun Naher, PhD, 2023
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Washington

Suraj Ghimire, PhD, 2023
Teaching Professor
New Mexico Tech

Abhradeep Karmakar, PhD, 2023
Visiting Assistant Professor
St. Lawrence University

Jesse Kaczmarski, PhD, 2023
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Khusiman Pun, PhD, 2023
Visiting Assistant Professor
Whitman College

Aditi Sarkar, PhD, 2023
Advanced Analytics-Data Modeler
Discover Financial Services

Kritika Sen Chakraborty, PhD, 2023
Visiting Assistant Professor
Colgate University

Avinandan Chakraborty, PhD, 2022
Visiting Assistant Professor
Colgate University

Aakrit Joshi, PhD, 2022
Assistant Professor
University of North Florida

Niraj Khatiwada, PhD, 2022
Visiting Professor
Sienna College

Usamah Wasif, PhD, 2022
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Michigan State University

Soumyajit Chakraborty, PhD, 2021
Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, India

Kevin Estes, PhD, 2021
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of New Mexico

Mohammad Mashiur Rahman, PhD, 2021
Assistant Teaching Professor
Northern Arizona University

Mengqi Liu, PhD, 2021
Assistant Professor
Gordon College

Rajan Bishwakarma, PhD, 2021
Assistant Professor
Augustana College

Michael Hensley, PhD, 2020
Visiting Assistant Professor
Grand Valley State University

Jake Organ, PhD, 2020
Visiting Lecturer
University of Pittsburgh

Disha Shende, PhD, 2020
Visiting Assistant Professor
Beloit College

Siobhan Yilmaz, PhD, 2020
CMS Innovation Center

Mohammad Ali, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
Centenary College

Saleh Nur Muhammad Al Mamun, PhD, 2019
Postdoctoral Associate
University of Minnesota

Elmira Kalhor, PhD, 2019
Postdoctoral Associate

Xuanhao He, PhD, 2019
Postdoctoral Associate
Tulane University

Jamal Mamkhezri, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
New Mexico State University

Veeshan Rayamajhee, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
North Dakota State University

Jose Bucheli, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
New Mexico State University

Samrat Kunwar, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
St. John's University, Minnesota

Kara Walters, PhD, 2019
Assistant Professor
Colorado Mesa State University

Michael O'Donnell, PhD, 2018
Director, Bureau of Business & Economic Research
University of New Mexico

Veronica Salinas, PhD, 2018
University of Vermont

Glen McDermott, PhD, 2018
Advanced Analytics Consultant

Janak Joshi, PhD, 2018
Visiting Assistant Professor
Central Michigan University

Justin Whetten, PhD, 2018
Business Analytics Consultant

Kristina Piorkowski, PhD, 2018
Analytics Associate IV

Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba, PhD, 2018
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chris Erwin, PhD, 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow
Auckland University of Technology

Soumi Roy Chowdhury, PhD, 2018
Associate Fellow
National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India

Qiuhua Ma, PhD, 2017
Economic Model Analyst
Fannie Mae

Juliette Guemmegne Tayou, PhD, 2017
Wealth Investment Management Team
Wells Fargo

Dadhi Adhikari, PhD, 2017
South Asian Institute for Policy Analysis and Leadership, Nepal

Brandon Bridge, PhD, 2017
Economist and Director of Forecasting
Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana

Bern Dealy, PhD, 2016
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Wenmei Guo, PhD, 2016
Senior Pricing Analyst

Steven Hebert, MA, 2016
Software Engineer

Benjamin Jones, PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of New Mexico

Menuka Karki, PhD, 2015
Senior Project Formulation Officer / Visiting Faculty
Northa / Kathmandu University - Nepal

Olufolake Odufuwa, PhD, 2015
Economist Transfer Pricing Senior Associate
Price water houseCoopers, LLC

Tunay Oguz, PhD, 2015
Assistant Professor of Economics
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Heidi Pitts, PhD, 2015
New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission

Robert Fonner, PhD, 2014
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Jee Hwang, PhD, 2014
Assistant Professor
Business Administration Northern New Mexico College

Alejandro Prera, PhD, 2014
Assistant Clinical Professor
Washington State University

Naresh Nepal, PhD, 2014
Health Sciences Center, UNM

Gerald Hendrickson, PhD, 2014
Sandia National Labs

Justin Tevie, PhD, 2013
Kansas Health Institute

Dennis Barger III, PhD, 2013
Assistant Professor
Economics Armstrong State University

Jeffrey Felardo, PhD, 2013
Assistant Professor, Economics
Eckerd College

Michael Morrison, PhD, 2013
Assistant Professor, Economics
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Steven Archambault, PhD, 2012
Assistant Professor
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

James Price, PhD, 2012
Research Fellow
Brock University

Hari Katuwal, PhD, 2012
Assistant Professor
Tarleton State University, Member of the Texas A&M University System

David Dixon, PhD, 2011
Lecturer III, Economics
University of New Mexico

German Muchnik Izon, PhD, 2011
Associate Professor, Economics
Eastern Washington University

Swaroop Chary, PhD, 2011
Sr. Economist / Consulting Economist
New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue

Bishwa Koirala, PhD, 2010
Assistant Professor / Director of Economic and Business Research
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Craig Broadbent, PhD 2009
Professor, Economics
Brigham Young University - Idaho

Jason Hansen, PhD, 2009
Economist, Modeling and Simulation
Idaho National Laboratory

Michael Milligan, PhD, 2009
Economic Affairs Officer
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Rohnn Sanderson, PhD, 2009
Assistant Professor, Economics
Brescia University

Gwendolyn Aldrich, PhD, 2008
Research Scientist II
Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico

Tyler Prante, PhD, 2008
Associate Professor and Chair
Los Angeles Vally College

Nejem Raheem, PhD, 2008
Associate Professor, Economics
Emerson College

Jose Saloio, PhD, 2008
Sandia National Labs

Michael Hand, PhD, 2007
Research Economist
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Mani Nepal, PhD, 2007
Research Program Manager
Southern Asian Network of Development and Environment Economics, Nepal

William Vasquez Mazariegos, PhD, 2007
Associate Professor, Economics
Fairfield University

Luis Arregoces, PhD 2005
Portfolio and Load Forecasting, GDF Suez

Joe Little, PhD, 2005
Associate Professor & Program Director, Resource & Applied Economics
University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Pallab Mozumder, PhD, 2005
Associate Professor, Economics and Earth & Environment (joint)
Florida International University

H. John Talberth, PhD, 2004
Founder, President and Sr. Economist
Center for Sustainable Economy

Cara Meghan Starbuck Downes, PhD, 2003
Research Economist
Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture

Michael Jones, PhD, 2003
Professor, Economics
Bridgewater State University

Hui Li, PhD, 2003
Senior Lecturer, Statistics & Econometrics
University of Birmingham (UK)

Alejandro Islas-Camarago, PhD, 2002
Departamento Académico de Estadistica, ITAM

Maurice Moffet, PhD, 2002
Senior Economist
National Council for Compensation Insurance

Amy (Watts) Burke, PhD, 2001
Senior Analyst
National Science Foundation

Therese (Cavlovic) Grijalva, PhD, 2000
Professor, Economics
Weber State University

Alejandro Islas-Camargo, PhD, 2000
ITAM University, Mexico

David Scrogin, PhD, 1999
Associate Professor, Economics
University of Central Florida

Josè Pagàn, PhD, 1995
Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Policy and Management
New York University

Reinhold Groepler, PhD, 1990
Regional Economist
State of Washington