Nicole Simpson, Associate Professor of Economics, has been named the first Gretchen Hoadley Burke, ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies. Simpson will serve in the position from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The chair supports scholarly research that contributes to knowledge to benefit the Upstate region and communities.
Nicole Simpson came to Colgate in 2001, following degrees from the University of St. Thomas (BA) and the University of Iowa (MA and PhD). She teaches courses in macroeconomics, international economics, applied economic theory, and the causes and consequences of immigration. Her publications in the area of fiscal policy have focused on the relationships between education expenditure and growth and between social insurance and bankruptcy. Since 2002, in the VITA project sponsored by the Upstate Institute, she has coordinated students in assisting low-income households with the filing of their income taxes.