The faculty are active researchers working on issues spanning macro and micro economics, financial econometrics, and data science, at both the theoretical and applied levels. Our faculty publish work in prestigious international scientific journals, such as International Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics. They also participate in study groups and co-organize conferences sponsored by the NBER, the Cowles Foundation, and other institutions of international renown.

Alessandro Citanna, PhD, Professor of Economics and Director of the MS in Quantitative Economics Program

Dr. Citanna has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Laurea in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. He started and directed the Quantitative Economics and Finance program at HEC-Paris and Ecole-Polytechnique, where he taught for over ten years. He has also taught Economics at Columbia Business School and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and Finance at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Citanna has published widely in top scientific journals, including Econometrica and the Journal of Mathematical Economics, where he currently serves as co-editor. In 2016, he was given a project grant from Alliance Columbia U-Paris I-Ecole Polytechnique and in 2006 he was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation. The University of Pennsylvania and HEC-Paris awarded him a series of prizes and fellowships since 1993 for outstanding teaching and scholarship.

Omer Acikgoz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Acikgoz earned a PhD in Economics, master’s degree, and the Norman Kaplan Prize for Highest Academic Achievement, all from the University of Rochester. Dr. Acikgoz earned an additional master’s degree in Economics at McGill University and a BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. He spent time as a visiting assistant professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and as a visiting researcher for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Gaetano Bloise, PhD, Professor of Economics

Dr. Bloise maintains research and teaching interests in asset pricing, general equilibrium, and monetary theory. He began the foundation of his career by earning a bachelor's in Political Science from LUISS in Rome, Italy, and then a Master of Philosophy in Economics at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Bloise received two doctorates in economics first from the University of Rome and then from the University of Cambridge.

Elias Grivoyannis, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Grivoyannis has held a position as an associate professor of economics at Yeshiva University since 1999. He has spent more than 20 years teaching more than 40 courses in areas such as financial economics, mathematical/quantitative analysis methods, and international economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Dr. Grivoyannis spent time working as a financial consultant. He received a master’s degree in economics from Fordham University, and a Master of Philosophy and PhD in Economics from New York University.

Tadashi Hashimoto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Hashimoto earned a PhD at Stanford University after earning both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Tokyo. As an academic professional with research and teaching interests in game theory, mechanism design, and microeconomic theory, Dr. Hashimoto has most recently taught both Auctions and Market Design and Game Theory at Yeshiva University. Additionally, Dr. Hashimoto has published work in journals Econometrica and Theoretical Economics.

James A. Kahn, PhD, Henry and Bertha Kressel University Professor of Economics

Dr. Khan has maintained the role of chair of the Department of Economics at Yeshiva University since 2009. Before joining Yeshiva, he held positions including vice president of the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as well as professorships at the University of Rochester, Yale University, and New York University, among others. Dr. Khan earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ran Shao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics

Ran Shao received a bachelor’s degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and then a PhD in Economics at Arizona State University. During his doctoral studies, Arizona State University awarded Dr. Shao with the Barchilon Award for Outstanding Research. His strongest interests in research include contract theory and search and matching, and most recently, Dr. Shao has taught both Mathematics for Economists and Microeconomics at Yeshiva University.