After an immensely successful hiring season, three new tenure-track assistant professors and one visiting assistant professor will join the Economics Department for the fall semester 2012.
Sahan Dissanayake’s research is focused on ecosystem services, biodiversity and land conservation and uses choice experiment surveys to understand preferences and mathematical programming models to study optimal resource allocation. His survey work received the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award for Excellence in Survey Research. His research interests are expanding to include renewable energy adoption, and externalities affecting hydropower generation.
Professor Dissanayake has taught a range of classes at the University of Illinois and Portland State University including graduate microeconomic theory, and environmental and natural resource economics. He has received recognitions for teaching including the Louis V. Logeman Graduate Student Teaching Award and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University. He hails from Sri Lanka, and attended Trinity College, Sri Lanka for his early education. He likes to read and cook (and eat) in his spare time.
At Colby, Professor Dissanayake will be teaching Principles of Microeconomics, Natural Resource Economics, and Environmental Economics. He is excited to be at Colby and to work closely with the students.
Tim Hubbard joins us after working for three years as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Iowa in 2009 and his B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. He is a native New Englander having been born and raised in Vermont.
Professor Hubbard’s research focuses on modeling firm behavior, particularly in markets where strategy is important. As an applied economist, his research often marries economic theory with real-world data to estimate the structural elements of the model. He is particularly interested in studying bidding strategies and optimal policies in auction settings. This academic year, Professor Hubbard will be teaching Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization, Game Theory, and Auctions (a senior seminar course).
Dan LaFave joins Colby after completing his Ph.D. in Economics at Duke University. He is excited to be returning to New England after having earned a B.A. in International Studies at Boston College. He holds a special connection to Mayflower Hill as his wife is a 2006 Colby graduate.
Professor LaFave’s research interests lie at the intersection of development, labor, and health economics. His dissertation work examined the microeconomics of family decision making in Indonesia, and he is currently working on projects related to the economics and demography of aging throughout Asia.
He is excited to be joining a department that shares his passions for teaching and research. He looks forward to engaging with students both in the classroom and on collaborative research projects. During the 2012-13 school year he will be teaching Econometrics, Topics in Economic Development, and an elective on the Chinese economy.
Don Lee joins Colby as a visiting assistant professor from the University of Oregon where he is completing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Bruce Blonigen. His research interests are in international trade and specifically in understanding the mergers & acquisitions decisions of multinational firms. At Colby, he will be teaching a senior Seminar on Mergers & Acquisitions, courses on Globalization and Open-Economy Macroeconomics as well as Principles of Macroeconomics.