Marie Mora

Marie T. Mora, Ph.D., is Deputy Provost and professor of economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A labor economist, she has been invited to share her research expertise on the socioeconomic outcomes of Hispanics/Latinos with institutions and agencies across the country, including the White House and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Nick Recker

Nick Recker teaches Introduction to Sociology, Research in Social Sciences and Advanced Research in Social Sciences.

He has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2010.

Recker has co-authored several papers, including “The Impact of Recruiting Employers, Growing Local Businesses, and Developing Amenities on the Social and Economic Welfare of Small Towns” and “The Impact of Economic Shocks on Quality of Life and Social Capital in Small Towns.”

Alexandre Padilla

Alexandre Padilla, Ph.D., is the chair and professor of the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include insider trading, business economics, stock exchanges, securities and regulation, economic analysis of political decisions and business ethics. He is currently teaching Principles of Microeconomics.

Padilla has taught at MSU Denver since 2002. He serves as the director of the Exploring Economic Freedom Project at MSU Denver, which educates students and the general public about the role of economic and political freedom in promoting entrepreneurship, economic growth, prosperity and peace.

He has published several academic papers on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics and Florida State Business Review. His current research involves studying how insider trading is perceived among academics and nonacademics. Other research interests include studying self-governance mechanisms in nontraditional industries and economic policy related to immigration.

Padilla earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Kishore Kulkarni

Kishore G. Kulkarni, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

He has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1989. Kulkarni has also taught as an affiliate professor at University of Colorado in Boulder, Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado State University and Colorado School of Mines. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and Extra-ordinary Service Award handed by the university President in 2010 from MSU Denver. In 2012, Kulkarni was recognized as the first “Distinguished Professor” in College of Business by the Dean at MSU Denver. In May 2017, Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India honored him with the “Pravasi Ratan” award; and in March 2019, the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD) recognized him as the “Outstanding Educator Award” recipient. He also co-founded Indian Journal of Economics and Business (IJEB), which he managing from 2001-2016.

Kulkarni has authored, co-authored and contributed to nine books, some of which have become well-known textbook adoptions in American and Indian universities. The sixth edition of his “Principles of Macro-Monetary Economics” textbook was published in 2019. Kulkarni has authored and co-authored 160 refereed journal articles in Global Business Review, Indian Economic Journal and Indian Journal of Economics.

Kulkarni received his doctorate and master’s in economics from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also completed a master’s in economics and bachelor’s in economics from University of Poona, (now called Savitribai Phule Pune University), India.

Christina Huber

Christina Huber, Ph.D., is an professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She teaches courses in development economics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and econometrics.

Huber’s main research interests include issues of maternal and child health in developing countries, economics of the family and determinants of student academic performance. She has published in the Journal of Human Capital, Demography, the Southern Economic Journal and Applied Economics, among others.

Huber received her doctorate and master’s in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2008 and 2003 respectively and a bachelor’s in anthropology and environmental studies from Grinnell College in 2000.

Rey Hernandez-Julian

Rey Hernández-Julián, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include Economics of education (both K-12 and higher education) and public finance policy analysis. He currently teaches Managerial Finance, Introduction to Banking and Personal Money Management.

Hernández-Julián leads and helped establish MSU Denver’s Banking Careers Pathway Program, a workforce-development program in partnership with Mi Casa Resource Center and the Community College of Aurora. The stackable credentials program seeks to give nontraditional students and current entry-level employees the chance to turn their work experience into college credits and professional certificates.

Throughout his entire time at MSU Denver, he has remained academically qualified, publishing peer-reviewed journal articles about the economics of education, religion, demography and health. He has also given over 15 conference presentations.

Rey Hernández-Julián received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Clemson University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Bob Jones University in 2000.

Tony Hernandez

Tony Hernandez, MSW, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include housing and community, and economic development. He currently teaches graduate courses that include Social Policy Analysis, Advanced Integrative Practice: Clinical, and Advanced Policy and Advocacy.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Hernandez worked on a presidential appointment as an administrator of Rural Housing Services for the United States Department of Agriculture. He was also the director of the Division of Local Government for the State of Colorado. Hernandez served five terms as a Colorado state representative. He is currently the president and CEO of Innovative Action Consulting on the Community, Housing and Economic Development team, where he provides consulting services in policy work, nonprofit training and more.

Hernandez has been recognized for his extensive community involvement and advocacy work. He has won the Excellence in Leadership Award from Rural Housing Services, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Leadership Award, the HUD Secretary’s Customer Service Award and the Good Guys Award from the Colorado Women’s Political Caucus for his commitment to political, economic and judicial equality for women, among many others.

Hernandez received a master’s in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University Pittsburgh in 1981, a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 1975 and a bachelor’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 1973. He is also a certified Housing Development Finance Professional, granted by the National Development Council in 2003.

Glenn Furton

Glenn Furton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He currently teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Economic Approach to Politics, Managerial Economics, Policy Issues in the History of Economic Thought and Applied Business Economics.

Furton’s areas of research include the political economy of public health and environmental economics, the constitutional political economy of federalist systems, public choice, law and economics, welfare economics and Austrian economics. He has published journal articles in “Beyond Market Failure and Government Failure,” “Emergent Politics and Constitutional Drift: The Fragility of Procedural Liberalism,” “Money and the Rule of Law” and “Private Governance and the Pricing of Political Enterprises.”

Furton received both his Ph.D. and master’s in agricultural and applied economics from Texas Tech University and his bachelor’s in business with a minor in economics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2013.

Mohammed Akacem

Mohammed Akacem, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For more than 20 years, he has been studying the fundamentals of global economics with a special emphasis on energy.

Akacem worked as an economist for the African Development Bank, the Algerian Ministry of Energy, an Algerian oil company and the Saudi Fund for Development. He also worked on research projects on world oil market issues at the International Center for Energy and Economic Development in Boulder, CO. Akacem has direct experience with Middle East policies and economic development, OPEC, oil issues, global banking and the international economy.

He has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1991. Akacem has received the Golden Key Award for research in 1998, as well as the Distinguished Service Award for the 2006-07 academic year for his work during the past 15 years. He has also published locally in The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and The Denver Business Journal. His articles have appeared nationally in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, and overseas in French in Jeune Afrique (France). In addition, Akacem has published in refereed journals in the areas of banking, finance, and energy. He speaks at conferences on these topics both in the United States and overseas.

Akacem received his doctorate in economics in 1981, a masters in economics in 1979 and a bachelor’s with honors in economics in 1976 from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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