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Economics: Faculty & Staff

Dr. Y. Saadatmand, Professor and Department Head

Dr. Richard McGrathProfessor

Dr. Michael Toma, Fuller E. Callaway Professor
Director, Center for Regional Analysis

Dr. Jason Beck, Associate Professor
Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE)  

Dr. Nicholas MangeeAssociate Professor

Dr. Omid Ardakani, Assistant Professor

Dr. Chanchal Tamrakar, Assistant Professor

Prof. Maliece Whatley, Lecturer

Dr. Aref Hervani, Instructor of Economics


Adjunct Faculty

Prof. George Erwin

Prof. Adrian Jay

Prof. Robert Lee

Prof. Tom Thompson

Prof. John Vandaveer

Prof. Tom Whatley



Read More Economic Monitor Reports Savannah Economic Growth in 1st Quarter 2017

(June 26, 2017) - Armstrong’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports that the Savannah metro economy returned to healthy growth in the opening quarter of 2017, as the negative effects of Hurricane Matthew dissipated. Employment, airport travel, retail sales and consumer confidence were especially strong during this period, as was record-setting port activity.

Read More Making Connections: Small Business Class Opens Big Doors

(April 19, 2017) – In the Small Business Consulting course taught by Dennis Barber, Ph.D., Armstrong Economics professor and Small Business Institute director, undergraduates gain firsthand experience in Savannah’s small business community, which is a leader in the state.

Read More Economic Monitor Reports Economy Slowed in 4th Quarter

(March 6, 2017) - Armstrong’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports that the Savannah metro economy slowed to a crawl in the closing quarter of 2016, largely due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. As such, electricity and retail sales, as well as air travel, slipped. However, losses were offset by gains in employment, port activity and hotel room rentals. The area is expected to see healthy growth by mid-year.

Read More Economic Monitor Reports Economy Maintains Pace in 3rd Quarter, Expected to Slow

(January 3, 2017) - Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah metro economy maintained its course of healthy growth through the third quarter of 2016. All current economic indicators increased from the second to third quarter, with the exception of retail trade. However, the forecasting index for the region declined during the quarter, signaling a potential slowdown on the horizon.

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