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Faculty Profile

Nicky Tynan

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Economics (2001)

Contact Information

Althouse Hall Room 219


Primary research interest: economic history with a focus on water and public health in London and the UK during the nineteenth century. Secondary research interests: water infrastructure and development; the history of economic analysis of natural monopolies and network industries. Teaching: economic history, environmental and resource economics, microeconomics and public policy.


  • B.A., University of York, 1991
  • M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1994
  • M.A., George Mason University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2000

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

ECON 111 Intro to Microeconomics
A study of the fundamentals of economic analysis and of basic economic institutions, with particular emphasis upon consumer demand and upon the output and pricing decisions of business firms. The implications of actions taken by these decision-makers, operating within various market structures, upon the allocation of resources and the distribution of income are examined. Special attention is given to the sociopolitical environment within which economic decisions are made.

ECON 496 Economic History of the US
Permission of instructor required.This seminar introduces you to the study of economic history through the reading and discussion of seminal articles U.S. economy history. We will explore the historical roots of current economic issues, such as changes in standards of living, technological change, income and wealth inequality, racial and gender differences in earnings and employment, causes and consequences of the Great Depression, the growth of government, education, social programs, infrastructure investment, and immigration. Readings also illustrate the role of econometric analysis in improving our understanding of the past. Each student will select one topic to explore in greater depth for a brief research paper and presentation.

ECON 500 Independent Study

ECON 550 Independent Research