Maria Cornachione Kula

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Maria Cornachione Kula, Ph.D.Professor of Economics

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Areas of Expertise

Research: Macroeconomics. Teaching: Macroeconomics, Open Economy Macroeconomics


B.A. Providence College M.P.P. Harvard University Ph.D. Brown University

Maria Cornachione Kula has been a faculty member of the Gabelli School of Business since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Brown University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B. A. from Providence College, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Dr.  Kula’s area of specialty is Macroeconomics. She has presented at conferences and published articles in the areas of consumption and tax smoothing, inequality and growth, and the disciplining effect of credit markets on sovereigns. Journal publications include articles in Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Studies, and International Journal of Social Economics. The Atlantic Economic Journal recognized a 2010 co-authored paper as the best article in the AEJ that year. Additionally, she has had an active research agenda with students, engaging them in research papers, publications, and conference presentations in the broad areas of macroeconomics and well-being measures, optimal currency areas, and economic growth and development.

Dr. Kula initiated the Gabelli School’s involvement in the Boston Federal Reserve’s College Fed Challenge competition and has served as co-facilitator of GSB’s Fed Challenge team. She has supported the broader undergraduate economics community by serving for several years as a judge at the Boston Fed Challenge and has also volunteered her time as a judge for several undergraduate “best paper” competitions.

Active in University life, Dr. Kula has served several terms on the University Faculty Senate, the University Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching, and the University Curriculum Committee, as well as on numerous GSB committees such as the Merit and Faculty Review Committees, the Research Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and multiple faculty search committees.