Department of Economics
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Shannon K. Mitchell
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
School of Business
Virginia Commonwealth University

1015 Floyd Avenue 
Richmond, VA 23284-4000 
(804) 828-7142

Courses Taught  Vita

Overview: Dr. Mitchell  teaches undergraduate courses in principles of micro- and  macroeconomics, international economics and development economics and graduate international economics.  Dr. Mitchell's research and consulting interests include health economics in developing countries, the economics of landmines and mine clearance, international trade negotiations, international trade policy, and R&D policy.

Biography: A native Hoosier, Dr. Mitchell first came to Virginia in 1984.  After completing the doctoral program in economics at the University of Virginia in 1989, she accepted a position as an assistant professor with the Department of Economics at Wayne State University.  In 1990 she joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University as an assistant professor, writing on general equilibrium models of international trade policy and game theoretic modelling of international trade agreements.  She spent 1995-1996 as a visiting lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she continued work on R&D policy, paying special attention to the needs of small, industrial economies.
    In 1997, Dr. Mitchell was promoted to associate professor.  She spent 1999 on sabbatical at the University of Virginia as a visiting professor, studying development economics.  She has published several articles on international trade policy, international trade negotiations, and R&D policy.  She has a particular interest in the socioeconomic implications of landmines for developing countries, having completed consulting projects on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
    Recently her attention has turned to trade and development issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She received a Fulbright lecturing and research award in 2001 and was hosted by the University of Cape Town from July through December.  While there, Dr. Mitchell studied trade liberalization in the South African automobile industry.  Her current research is on behavioral issues relating to AIDS in Southern Africa.

    Ball State University, B.S., Honors College, cum laude, Economics, 1984
    University of Virginia, M.A, Economics, 1987
    University of Virginia, Ph.D., Economics, 1989

Courses Taught:

Econ 205-Economics of Product Development and Markets (Engineering Economics)
Econ 210-Principles of Microeconomics

Econ 211-Principles of Macroeconomics
Econ 315-Development Economics
Econ 329-International Economics
Econ 609-Advanced International Economics

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Last updated:  February 2006