Interdisciplinary Studies

Professor of Economics & Director of Interdisciplinary Studies

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B.A., Economics, University of Tulsa, 1992

Ph.D, Economics, University of Tennessee, 1997

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A member of the USAO faculty since 1999, Dr. Long is an economic historian whose primary areas of interest include colonial American economics, the 19th century American Industrial Revolution, women’s labor history, and Institutional Economics. Before coming to USAO, she taught at the University of Tennessee as a graduate instructor, and at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She has published or presented on a wide variety of topics, including the history of New Deal job creation in Tennessee, feminist participatory research methods, NAFTA-related job loss in the South, and the dangers of right-to-work laws.

In conjunction with her role as Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Core Curriculum (IDS), Dr. Long teaches several IDS courses, including Rhetoric adn Critical Thinking, The Individual in Contemporary Society, American Civ I, American Civ II, World Thought II, and World Thought III. 

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Long serves as the faculty advisor for the USAO Feminist Collective and as a member of the coordinating committee for the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium and the Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service.

She is a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the International Association for Feminist Economics and also serves on the board of the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center in Chickasha.

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"They don’t call economics The Dismal Science because it’s fair.... They call it that after Sir Eustace Dismal, the 18th century English economist who proposed making smokestacks out of children. It was a very interesting proposal but ultimately flawed. I mean, if you make the smokestacks out of children who will you force to clean them? It’s referred to as 'Dismal’s Paradox.'" John Hodgeman

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