Meet our new faculty


Wesleyan portrait of Ryuichiro Izumi
Prof. Ryuichiro Izumi


The Economics Department is pleased to introduce our new faculty members.

Ryuichiro Izumi is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of economics.  Prof. Izumi completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Rutgers University and his undergraduate degree at Keio University in Tokyo.  He received a Certificat de Sciences Sociales et Humains from the  Institut d’Etudes Politiques at Sciences Po, Paris.  His research and teaching interests center on banking, financial economics, and macroeconomics.  During the coming year he will teach the department’s required intermediate macroeconomics course as well an elective on finance and one entitled Banking and Financial Fragility.   You can read more about him and his work here.



Wesleyan portrait of Jennifer Raynor
Prof. Jennifer Raynor

Jennifer Raynor  is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of economics.  Prof. Raynor graduated summa cum laude with B.A. in Economics from LeMoyne College. She earned her M.S. in Environment and Resources and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to Wesleyan, she worked for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries in Hawaii, where she conducted research to inform U.S. fisheries management and policy.  During the coming year she will be teaching our introductory course and electives on environmental economics.  You can read more about her work here.






Wesleyan portrait of Mark McInerney
Prof. Mark McInerney

Mark McInerney will be a visiting assistant professor in the Economics Department during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Prof. McInerney received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He graduated summa cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he majored in Economics and Political Science. His research and teaching interests are in health economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics, and public policy. He will teach courses in labor economics and public finance.  You can read more about him here.





Wesleyan portrait of Xiaoxue Zhao
Prof. Xiaoxue Zhou

Xiouxue Zhao will return as a visiting assistant professor of economics during the 2019-20 academic year.  Prof . Zhao completed both her undergraduate degree (majoring in Economics and Political Science) and Ph.D. at Yale, where she is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Economics.  She specializes in development economics, political economy, and applied microeconomics, focusing primarily on the Chinese economy.  During the fall semester she will teach Microfoundations of Growth in China. You can read more about her here.