PERI Research Fellows — 2021-22
The PERI Ph.D. Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship program for students pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Middle Tennessee State University. The PERI Ph.D. Fellowship responsibilities include research assistance, teaching assistance, and/or tutoring. Learn more about our Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year:
Rania is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at MTSU. Rania earned her bachelor’s degree
in Agriculture at University of Jordan and her M.Sc. in Agriculture at Jordan University
of science and Technology. She received her M.B.A. and M.A. in economics at Troy University.
Rania’s research interests include public choice, Austrian economics, political economy,
Islamic finance, and Islamic economics. Rania’s native language is Arabic, she enjoys
traveling, hiking, and writing. She has published a collection of short stories in
Arabic titled The Promise. Visit Rania's website to learn more.
Job Market Candidate Profile
Sean-Patrick is a first-year Ph.D. student in Economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2022 academic year. He received his B.S. in Economics at Troy University as a Chancellor's Scholar. He is also the recipient of multiple scholarships, include the Institute for Human Studies Hayek Scholar and the Hugh G. Rose Scholar. Sean-Patrick has nine working papers in addition to his published research, "The Demoralizing Trap of Keynesianism," in The Journal of Markets and Morality (2017), coauthored with Daniel Smith.
Gabriel Benzecry is a second-year Ph.D. student in Economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2021 academic year. He recieved his B.A. in Economics at Wake Forest University. His current research project focuses on Brazil's 1988 Constituent Assembly and the Methuen Treaty. In general, Gabriel's research focuses on Economic History and Public Choice Theory. He currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Jones College of Business, tutoring Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Gabriel recently presented his research at the Doktorandenseminar zur Erneuerung der Ordnungsökonomik at University of Erfurt, and at the 2021 Public Choice Society Annual Meeting. Visit Gabriel's website to learn more.
Antón Chamberlin is a first-year Ph.D. student in Economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2022 academic year. He received his his B.A. in Economics at Loyola University New Orleans and a M.A. in Economics at Troy University. Her currently works as a graduate research fellow at the Mises Institute.
Nicholas Jensen is a first-year Ph.D. student in Economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. He recieved his B.S. and M.A. in Economics at Troy University.
Ross Marchand is a legal policy fellow with the PERI. He is a JD candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law and a senior fellow for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. Ross has produced research reports and provided commentary on a variety of federal agencies including the FDA and USPS. He currently serves as co-policy director for the International Refugee Assistance Project's UVA chapter and is a member of the Virginia Journal of International Law's editorial board.
Shamsuddeen Nassarawa is a second-year Ph.D. student in economics at MTSU. He is a recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Summer Fellowship award as well as the full Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. After receiving his master's degree in finance from MTSU, he most recently served as External Funds Manager at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Nicholas Reinarts is a second-year Ph.D. student in economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year. Nicholas graduated summa cum laude with a B.Sc. in Economics from Florida Southern College. He went on to pursue his M.A. in Economics at Troy University, studying in the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. Upon graduation from Troy University, he attended Mississippi State University’s Ph.D. program in Business Administration, with a major in Economics. He is interested in the fields of economic development, institutional economics, and public choice literature.
Macy Scheck will be starting in Fall 2021 as a first-year Ph.D. student in economics at MTSU. He is the recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year and previously served the PERI as a research analyst in partnership with the Koch Internship Program in Spring 2021. He graduated from University of Central Arkansas in May 2020 with a major in economics and a minor in German. He recently served as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at UCA. Scheck's research interests include occupational licensing and the effect of severance taxes on natural gas production and investment. His published academic research includes "Examining the effect of Arkansas’s increased severance tax rate on natural gas production," in Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly (2020), coauthored with K.M. Casey.
Caleb Watts is a second-year Ph.D. student in economics at MTSU. He is a recipient of the PERI Ph.D. Summer Fellowship award as well as the full Ph.D. Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year. He is also an Army ROTC cadet and a student worker with the Business and Economic Research Center at MTSU. Caleb's working paper completed during his PERI Summer Fellowship is "What Fools these Populists Be: A Selected Review of the 2016 U.S.Presidential Elections."
Dr. Emilia Suggs is an assistant professor in the School of Business, Technology, and Economics at King University, starting in Fall 2021. She received her B.S. (2017), M.A. (2019), and Ph.D. (2021) in economics from Middle Tennessee State University. Emilia’s research interests include political competition, voting system design, and epistemological influences on economic thought. Her job market paper, "Identifying Voter Preferences through Two-Stage Multivoting Elections: Experiments in the Preface of the 2020 Democratic Primaries," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2021).
Protik is currently an adjuct faculty member at Cumberland University. He was the previous recipient of the PERI Dissertation Fellowship while pursuing his Ph.D. in economics at MTSU in 2020-21. His main field is microeconomics. Protik’s research interest includes public choice, political economy, institutional problems and voting behavior. He is originally from India. In his free time Protik likes to backpack and read about world history. His passion for teaching is a continual learning process and has been beneficial in all facets of his life. Protik likes listening to political debates and playing cricket.
Inhwa Kim is a visiting assistant professor at Sam Houston State University. She was the previous recipient of the PERI Dissertation Fellowship while pursuing her Ph.D. in economics at MTSU in 2021. He was a previous recipient of the PERI Dissertation Fellowship while pursuing his Ph.D. in economics at MTSU. She received her M.A. in Economics in 2018 and a M.S. in Professional-Biostatistics in 2015 from MTSU. She also earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics while studying at Pukyong National University in South Korea. Inhwa’s research interests include Applied Microeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Finance, and International Trade.
Labanyalata Roy is current a lecturer at Kennesaw State University is a fourth-year Ph.D. She was the previous recipient of the PERI Dissertation Fellowship while pursuing her Ph.D. in economics at MTSU in 2021. Her research interests include Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy, Economic History and Behavioral Economics. She earned her M.Phil. in Economics in 2014 and her M.A. in Economics in 2011 from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Visit Labanyalata's website to learn more.
Zeynep Beyhan - 2019-20 Visiting PERI Ph.D. Fellow
Zeynep Beyhan was the 2019-20 Visiting Ph.D. Fellow in the Political Economy Research Institute at MTSU. She was a third-year Ph.D. candidate in economics at University of Macerata (Italy). She earned her bachelor’s degree and her M.A in economics at University of Uludağ (Turkey). Zeynep also did internships at Central Bank of Turkey, The Ministery Economy of Turkey, The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, and the Office of the Commercial Counsellor in Italy. Zeynep’s main research interests include Sustainable Development, Regional Political Risk and International Political Economy. In addition to her native Turkish, she speaks English and Italian.
2021 Summer Fellows
Patricia Hummel (Undergraduate Fellow)
2020 Summer Fellows
2020 Spring Fellows
Christopher Cowherd (Political Science)
Project: “The Art of Peace: Reforming the Terminology and Theory of American Non-Interventionism.”
Hector Hernandez (Mathematics)
Hector is the additional recipient of the Hispanic Organization of Leaders and Achievers (HOLA) research grant.
Project: “The Ideal Extent of Social Distancing to Preserve Economic Prosperity when Society is Marginalized.”
Ashley Nipper (Accounting M.Acc.)
Project: “A Comparison of Audits by Governmental Auditors and CPA Firms in Tennessee.”
Caleb Watts (Economics)
Project: "Populism is More than Hysteria: A Selective Review of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections."
2019 Summer Fellows
Montgomery Barreto (Accounting)
Project: “Financial Literacy among MTSU Undergraduate Students”
Rachel Eccles (Chemistry)
Project: “The Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Barriers and Initiatives"
Ekaterina Valuiskaya (Finance)
Project: "Corporate Social Responsibility in Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer Companies: Nucor Corporation and Starbucks Corporation"
Angela Womack (Psychology and Sociology)
Project: "Women’s Experiences with Relapse"