Author Archives: Amy Stanford

Mostafavi Defense 2016

mohammadmostafaviFinally, we would like to congratulate Mohammad Hadi Mostafavi Dehzooei, who successfully defended his dissertation, “Essays on Labor and Development Economics,” on Friday, September 23rd, 2016. Best wishes to you, Mohammad, and to all of our graduates!

Matje Defense 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 – Congratulations to Thorsten Matje, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Empirical Analyses of a Spatial Model of Voter Preferences” this afternoon. Congratulations, and good luck as you finish out the semester before heading back to Germany!

Kwok Ping Tsang – Global Forum 2016


Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Associate professor Kwok Ping (Byron) Tsang has just joined the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience ( at Virginia Tech as a Faculty Fellow. The Forum’s research initiatives focus on how the relationships among markets, institutions and the state are challenged by the scale and complexity of contemporary socio-economic processes that are spatially highly uneven. Byron will contribute with his expertise of macroeconomics and international finance and work on projects related to the research initiatives.

Vahidmanesh – Defense 2017


Friday, February 17th – Congratulations to Atiyeh Vahidmanesh, who successfully defended her dissertation, Essays on Inequality and Education. We wish her luck as she moves on to bigger and better things, so be sure to congratulate her if you see her!

Michaelides Defense 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – If you see Michael Michaelides today, be sure to tell him congratulations! At 11 am, he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled Revisiting the CAPM and the Fama-French Multi-Factor Models: Modeling Volatility Dynamics in Financial Markets. We wish him success as he wraps up his semester, and look forward to seeing what the world of economics has in store for him!