Laura Kincaide is a senior graduating summa cum laude with dual degrees in Economics and Letters and minors in Russian and Mathematics. In her final year at OU she was inducted into Phi Betta Kappa, earned a place on the Letzeiser Honor List, and was selected as the Economics banner carrier for the Spring Convocation ceremony.
In addition to excelling academically at OU, Laura held a prestigious internship with the U.S. Department of State at the embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, and will be abroad again this summer to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program, one of nation’s most competitive intensive language programs.
Laura’s main area of interest is the political and economic development of the post-Soviet space, and next year she will begin her graduate work at the University of Chicago. Although she is extremely excited for this next step, Laura will miss OU dearly, and would like to thank all of the people who have helped make her undergraduate career so rewarding, especially Dr. Robin Grier, Dr. Kevin Grier, and Sophia Morren.
Nicole Smith is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Economic Development in Africa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religious Studies with Honors and a minor in French in May 2015 from the University of Oklahoma.
During her time as an undergrad, Nicole was actively involved in the Economics Club, Campus Activities Council, and President’s Leadership Class. She also served as the Regional Affairs intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in downtown Oklahoma City immediately after graduation.
This summer, Nicole will be visiting South Africa to work on a monitoring and evaluation project an NGO. Upon returning, she will analyze survey data to aid in the grant writing process. She is also interning at World Neighbors in OKC, an organization who focuses on livelihood development.
Upon completing her thesis on transitions to independence of former French colonies, Nicole plans to pursue a Fulbright research grant and serve a tour in the Peace Corps. Following this, Nicole hopes to do field research and potentially pursue a Ph.D. in development economics.
Editorial Board Members
Wade Craig is a senior double majoring in chemical biosciences and economics with minors in philosophy and Spanish. He is vice president of OU Students For Liberty and the Students For Liberty Great Plains Regional Director.After graduating in May of 2016, he plans to begin studying for a Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
His economic interests include market process theory, growth and development, and law and economics. His intellectual influences include F. A. Hayek, Israel Kirzner, Deirdre McCloskey, and Adam Smith. Outside of economics, he has interests in philosophy and foreign languages, especially ethical theory and acquisition of unusual but popularly spoken languages.
Brian Donnelly is a senior graduating with a degree in Economics with a minor in German. He is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but attended Subiaco Academy in Arkansas for high school. He is the youngest of five children, and the second son to attend the University of Oklahoma.
His greatest experience while at the University of Oklahoma was the opportunity he received to study abroad in Stuttgart, Germany for six months. While at the University of Oklahoma, he discovered passion for learning foreign languages, especially German. He also has developed a strong interest in environmental issues, specifically the practical implementation of low-carbon energy on a large scale, and how it all relates to economics.
Following graduation in May, he hopes to attend Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and become a Ranger qualified infantry officer.
Jonathan Kim is a junior from Plano, Texas working on a double major in math and economics. He is also the President of the Economics Club, an active member of the Honors College, and a bassoon player for the Concert Band. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in economics with long-term plans of working in academia or for the Federal Reserve.
Prior to discovering the joys of economics, Jonathan’s primary interest was creative writing. He was an editor for his high school’s literary magazine for two years and participated in several student writing contests hosted by the Poetry Society of Texas. He currently acts as a sponsor and judge for those same contests.
Jonathan’s first encounter with economics as a field of study came in his sophomore year of college when he read Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics. Amazed by the incredible applications of the subject, he checked out every economics book from his local library, ready to abandon writing and embrace the world of supply and demand. However, he found that his eyes would glaze over with boredom after reading only a few pages of the books, which were less engaging than Freakonomics, and he quickly returned to being a writer. It wasn’t until he took AP Macroeconomics his senior that he was able to appreciate the more prosaic side of economics; by the time he enrolled for his Fall semester classes with OU, he was a declared economics major.
Jonathan has enjoyed his time studying economics and is grateful for the chance to participate in the launch of this journal.