Faculty Profile

Mesude Kongar

Associate Professor of Economics (2003)

Contact Information


Althouse Hall Room 210


  • B.S., Bogazici University-Turkey, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Utah, 2003

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ECON 288 Contending Econ Perspectives

Spring 2016

ECON 496 Political Economy of Health
Permission of Instructor Required. In a world of unprecedented wealth, the average life-expectancy in some parts of the world is 46 years. Almost 2 million children die each year because they lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation. 100 million women are not alive today due to unequal access to nutrition, care and economic resources. In the United States, infant mortality rates are significantly higher among African-Americans. What are the political and economic conditions which lead to these differences in well-being across and within nations? In this course, students will examine the relationships between health and political and economic conditions world populations face today. The emphasis throughout the course will be on how socioeconomic inequalities based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, nationality and other social categories affect health and well-being outcomes. Students of this course will contribute to community health by participating in community-based research in collaboration with a community agency serving health and well-being needs in the Carlisle-Harrisburg area.