Chico Economics Graduate Careers - University Professor

Chris AnnalaChristopher Annala

Christopher Annala graduated from CSU Chico in 1995 and received his PhD in Economics from Washington State University in 2000.  He joined the School of Business at State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Economics.  Christopher was promoted to Associate Professor of Economics in 2006 and to Professor of Economics in 2011.  His teaching and research interests encompass a range of public finance and public policy topics. Christopher currently teaches a variety of policy classes including Public Finance, Environmental Economics, and Economics of Sports in addition to courses in Macroeconomics and Econometrics.  His research has been published in several internationally respected journals, including, Public Finance Review, Japanese Economic Review, and Sports Management Review.

“The undergraduate Economics education I received at CSU Chico prepared me to succeed in graduate work in Economics,” Christopher stated in a recent email.  “ While at CSU Chico I took several courses with Dr. Dave Gallo and he was my inspiration for pursuing a career in academia. To this day, I still refer to some of the lessons and stories I learned from Dr. Gallo when I'm teaching undergraduate economics courses.”


Frank BayhamJude Bayham

After Jude Bayham graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Chico State in 2006, he worked for one year as a researcher at Chico State’s Center for Economic Development.  In the Fall of 2007, he moved to Moscow, ID to begin a M.Sc. in Applied Economics at the University of Idaho.  His master’s thesis analyzed the impact of biofuel policy on the U.S. economy. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics with an emphasis on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics at Washington State University in 2013. His doctoral research studied the impact of the wild land urban interface on wildfire cost and size. Since Fall 2013, He has been a Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His current research focuses on the impact of human behavior on infectious disease transmission and natural capital valuation. He also works on economic issues of wildfire management in the wild land urban interface, strategic environmental policy, and biofuel policy. 

“I began my tenure at Chico State pursuing a degree in Web Design and Management Information Systems, but then became interested in Economics” Jude stated in a recent email.  “My work as an Economist relies heavily on economic theory and mathematical modeling. The skills I learned in the Economics Department at Chico State have enabled me to pursue a career researching a diverse and interesting set of topics.”


Robert EylerRobert Eyler

Robert Eyler graduated with his BA in Economics in 1992. He is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. Robert earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He is also the CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, a private-public partnership aimed at Marin County’s sustainable growth through business vitality, social equity and environmental balance.

“As an economics professor, economics is the core of what I do every day in terms of teaching, research, practical applications in economic development work, or consulting. In many cases, I am asked to provide guidance to local communities, news outlets, or private clients on the economic interpretation of events or specific microeconomic phenomena. I guide an annual economic forecast for the North Bay region in northern California, which includes Lake, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Mendocino counties. I am also running a public-private partnership in Marin County dedicated to economic development. That work includes various economic forecasts and analyses. My time at Chico State interested me in econometrics and forecasting and also teaching, all of which I apply daily.”

Robert is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. Dr. Eyler is often called up by the media for his expert input into the economic climate, acted as an expert witness in interstate trade litigation, and as a forensic economist. He also provides economic impact analyses for both private firms and public entities to help guide public policy at the local and state level and has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University.


Jeff FelardoJeff Felardo

Jeff Felardo graduated with a BA in economics in 2005. He is an assistant professor at Eckerd College, where he focuses on Environmental Economics. After graduating from Chico State he spent a few months in Thailand on a USAID grant managing an English language library. He then obtained a Masters in Economics at the University of Wyoming where he started his research on development and the environment in Thailand. He recently obtained his PhD from the University of New Mexico where his dissertation focused on forest management in Thailand and the UN's REDD+ program. He graduated from UNM this year, and Eckerd is his first position since graduating. In a recent email he stated that “Eckerd is great, because of the small class sizes and the focus they have on student success. It reminds me of Chico State. I also helped develop a website which provides assistance and explanations for tricky economics concepts.”

Jeff is writing a book about economic concepts for kids. It's currently on kickstarter.

“My degree/experience from Chico State was crucial in my success because of the mentoring I received from Economics professors Michael Perelman, Barney Hope, James O'Toole, English Professor Thia Wolf, and the study abroad coordinator Tasha Dev. Michael and Thia really introduced to a world larger than Northern California, and they always motivated me to do more. Barney and O’Toole were the chairs of the economics department during my stay and helped me with studying abroad, graduating, and applying for graduate schools. Finally, Tasha Dev introduced me to international programs and helped me focus on the international aspects of my education as well as positioning me to receive that USAID grant which really started my graduate school career.”


James GerberJames Gerber

“I am Professor of Economics at San Diego State University, where I began as a lecturer in 1985 after graduate school at UC, Davis.  I finished my PhD in 1986.  Living near the border shaped my career in the direction of Mexico and Latin America.  San Diego-Tijuana is a single urban space (urban economics, regional economics) with a hard international border down the middle (international economics).  How can anyone resist that?  Well, apparently a lot of people can, but that is another story.  In 2002, I became the accidental director of the Center for Latin American Studies at SDSU.  At that time we were designated a National Resource Center for Latin American Studies by the Department of Education, and I spent 7 years improving my Spanish, learning about Mixtec and Zapotec culture and society, and hanging out with political scientists, anthropologists, comparative literature professors, public health specialists, and faculty from a wide array of other disciplines.  In the process, I co-authored a book (with Dr. Joan Anderson) on the economics of the US-Mexico border, (Fifty years of change on the US-Mexico border:  Growth, development, and quality of life, University of Texas Press, 2008) and developed a lasting interest in writing on US-Mexico economic relations, NAFTA, and the Mexican economy. 

In 1998 I published a textbook, International Economics, which is now in its 6th edition and is used in North America, Europe, South Asia, and China.  I am currently working with a Mexican colleague to produce a version that is in Spanish and looks at the international economy from a Latin American perspective. The experience of writing this book builds on my interests in many different regions of the world.  While I can pass for a Latin Americanist, the European Union's integration process, the crisis in the Eurozone, China’s historically unique growth trajectory, the successes of several East Asian economies, have all drawn my attention.  This work led me to become the Director of SDSU’s International Business Program, which I did for 3 years until, suddenly, it occurred to me that the administrative tasks that seemed to occupy my time were not the reason why I earned a PhD.  Since 2012, I’ve been back in the economics department.”  


Alex JamesAlex James

Alex James graduated from Chico State in 2006 and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming in 2012. He completed his post-doctoral research at the Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies at the University of Oxford, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His current research largely focuses on the economic and social impacts of natural-resource production, including growth, public policy, and crime.

“The training I received as an economics major and mathematics minor at Chico State was invaluable to my success in graduate school,” Dr. James stated in a recent email.  “I felt very well prepared both in terms of my analytic ability and conceptual understanding of fundamental economic theories and concepts. In graduate school, I often relied on a core set of ideas and principles I learned as an economics major at Chico State.”

“My undergraduate international and environmental economics courses spiked my interest in the discipline. In particular, having the chance to work on an applied travel cost-study with Professor Pete Tsournos motivated my decision to study environmental economics at the University of Wyoming. I am grateful for the training and guidance I received from the faculty in the Department of Economics at CSU Chico!”


Constant TraConstant Tra

”Since graduating from Chico State summa cum laude in 2002, Constant Tra went to graduate school at the University of Maryland where he completed his PhD work in 2007.   He joined the Economics Department at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as Assistant Professor upon completion of his doctorate.  He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.  Constant also has a concurrent appointment as Associate Director of the Center for Business and Economics Research.

In a recent email, Constant stated, “I would say that economics at Chico State gave me a great foundation which has allowed me succeed in graduate school and in my current job as an economics faculty. The enthusiasm of the professors made me want to learn more about economics. I will forever be grateful to Chico state Economics!”