University of Mary Washington

Prof. Shawn Humphrey
University of Mary Washington, VA

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  • I am currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington, where I have taught since 2005.

    I am the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, the Month of Microfinance, and the Poverty Action Conference. I am also on the Board of Directors of Students Helping Honduras. Recently, I was selected as 1 of 30 mentors for the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University. I was also selected as 1 of 300 global delegates to attend the 2012 Opportunity Collaboration.

    As an educator, my fundamental objective is to articulate and act upon a set of best practices for engaging students in the implementation of responsible, effective, and sustainable economic development projects.

    As a researcher, my focus is on the role of violence in the process of economic development, including work on the link between a state’s choice of how to organize its military forces and its constitutional design, the role of Article VI in England’s Glorious Revolution, and collective action and the pattern of pre-state conflict.

    I blog semi-regularly (here) about the role of students in the process of economic development, my experience of living on two dollars a day with my students, and the challenges and successes of La Ceiba – a collegiate microfinance project operated by my students and I in El Progreso, Honduras.

    Born and raised in North Bend, OH, I earned my BA in Economics from Earlham College (Richmond, IN), my MA in Economics at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), and after having read Douglass C. North’s Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance headed to Washington University in St. Louis where I earned my PhD in Economics.

    Contact Information:
    Voice: 540 654 1487