We offer two undergraduate degrees in the Department of Economics and Finance that will shape you into an excellent problem-solver. Learn about how money is managed, the actual process of acquiring needed funds, how to allocate scarce resources and the ability to explain and evaluate social phenomena. Minors are also available in both economics and finance.
Dr. Gary E. Clayton is a Professor of Economics. His teaching interests are in the areas of economic education, international economics, and comparative economic systems. Dr. Clayton has authored several economics textbooks for high school, college, and practitioner audiences. He is the recipient of the 2000 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and in 2005 he was the first American to receive an honorary doctorate from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. In 2005-06 he was honored as NKU's Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor. He earned his masters degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire and his doctorate in economics from the University of Utah.
Dr. Linda Dynan is a Professor of Economics at Northern Kentucky University. Her teaching interests include labor economics, econometrics, and research methods. Dr. Dynan's research interests and grant writing activity focus on health economics. She completed post-doctoral studies as a Crosby Research Fellow with the Hospital Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association. Dr. Dynan earned her B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. and doctorate in economics from Columbia University.
Dr. Alain Krapl is an Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the International Business Program at the Haile/US Bank College of Business. He earned a B.A. and M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
His teaching interests include international finance, financial management, and derivatives securities. Dr. Krapl’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Corporate Finance, International Review of Financial Analysis, Journal of International Money and Finance, Research in International Business and Finance, Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, and International Review of Finance. His research interests include foreign exchange exposure, corporate international diversification, the costs of capital of multinational corporations (MNCs), and the effects of corporate tax avoidance and tax risk on MNCs.
Prior to joining NKU, Dr. Krapl lectured economics at UNC Charlotte, and worked as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, and as a marketing sales analyst with Wachovia Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. J.C. “Duke” Thompson is a professor of finance in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law at Northern Kentucky University. He received his doctorate in finance and statistics from the University of Kentucky in 1990, his MBA in finance from Youngstown State University (OH) in 1983 and his BA in accounting from Westminster College (PA) in 1976.
His research and teaching interests encompass the areas of financial markets and institutions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance and ethics. Dr. Thompson has presented numerous papers at regional and national conferences and has published in various finance and ethics journals.
Prior to pursuing his academic career, Dr. Thompson spent 10 years with the Automotive Products Division of Rockwell International in finance and manufacturing positions in various geographical locations. Additionally, he was the CFO of an equipment leasing company in the Pittsburgh area and a tax accountant with Arthur Andersen in Detroit.
He currently serves as a director of Bluegrass Bancshares in Lexington, KY and is a founding shareholder and consultant to several online media companies.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the Eastern Finance Association, the Midwest Finance Association and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Jill Ross has worked at NKU since 2005, and has been Academic Coordinator for the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law since 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a minor in French from NKU and a Bachelors of Fine Art in printmaking from NKU. She participates in many local art shows in the Cincinnati area. She is persuing a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati beginning in the Fall of 2015.
Dr. Jang-Chul (JC) Kim is an Associate Professor of Finance. He earned his BBA and MS in Finance from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Finance from University of Memphis. His teaching and research interests are in the area of investments, international finance, corporate finance, and market microstructure. Dr. Kim’s research has been published in leading finance journals including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Financial Management (FM), Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking (JMCB), Journal of Financial Research (JFR), and Financial Review (FR). Before joining NKU, Dr. Kim taught finance at North Dakota State University.
Since spring 2011, Dr. Kim has been teaching FIN 450, Advanced Investment Analysis. In this class, Dr. Kim leads a select group of Haile/US Bank College of Business students who manage the Haile Student Investment Fund (HSIF). The HSIF was launched in spring 2011 as part of a $15 million gift from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. /US Bank Foundation. Under Dr. Kim’s leadership the HSIF consistently outperformed its benchmark, growing from its initial $465,000 to a total of $630,858.36 by the end of summer 2016. Based on its performance, the Haile Student Investment Fund was awarded a 5 star rating from Morningstar.
Dr. Nancy Lang is Associate Professor of Economics. Her primary teaching areas are microeconomics, international business and economics, and economics for teachers. Dr. Lang's research interests include instructional strategies for teaching economics, learning and teaching styles, and attitudes toward economic issues. She is co-author of a high school economics textbook and conducts professional development programs in economic and financial education for teachers. She is actively involved in a variety of internationally-focused programs that have taken her to countries such as Estonia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Ukraine, Mexico and Quebec. She earned her doctorate in economic education at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Abdullah Al Bahrani is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Director of NKU’s Center for Economic Education. Abdullah joined the department in the Fall of 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2010, where he received an award for Best Economics Graduate Teaching Assistant. His Master degree in Economic Theory was awarded by American University in Washington D.C. in 2003 and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of Louisville in 2002.
Abdullah’s research interests are in the fields of Industrial Organization and Education of Economics. Currently, his primary focus is on innovative approaches to teaching Economics. In Industrial Organization, his research examines market structure and competition in the banking and real estate industries.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Al Bahrani worked in the mortgage industry from 2003-2006. He has also served as outside economic consult to the Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman and new business ventures entering Oman.
Dr. Young Kim is Professor of Finance. He earned a Ph.D. in finance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, an M.S. in finance from Georgia State University, and a B.A. in Accounting from Chung-Ang University in Korea. His teaching interests are in the area of corporate finance, international financial management, and investments. His research and publications focus on agency theory, corporate diversification, merger and acquisitions, corporate governance, and risk management. In addition to Dr. Kim's academic experience, he was a fund manager for Oxy Co, Ltd. in Seoul, Korea. He is a PRM Certified Risk Manager and a Certified Financial Risk Managers.