American University of Sharjah

Department of Economics

Department of Economics at AUS

Dr. Ismail Genc


Professor and Department Head

PhD in Economics, Texas A&M University, USA

Dr. Ismail H. Genc is the head of the Economics Department. He was in Economics and Statistics departments at the University of Idaho, USA, as associate professor with tenure. He also served as Vice-President of the Southwestern Economics Association (USA), and sits in various editorial boards, and provides testimony to policy/decision makers in industry and governmental bodies. His expertise is broadly in applied monetary economics, economic development, and remittances. His work appeared in a number of journals and books, and has been recognized with grants and contracts as well as several awards/honors. His work has been cited by regional and international media such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. 

Dr. Bassam Abu Al-Foul


Associate Professor

PhD, University of Utah, USA

Bassam Abu Al-Foul's fields of specialization are in the areas of international economics, development economics, natural resources and quantitative analysis. His current research focuses mainly on the MENA region, particularly Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. He is also interested in extending his research to cover North Africa and the Arabian Gulf. His research has been published in internationally refereed journals.

Dr. Mohammad Arzaghi


Associate Professor

PhD in Economics, Brown University, USA

Mohammad Arzaghi's current research is on the areas of urban economics, industrial organization, economics of advertising, political economics and migration. He has been a Research Associate at the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies since 2000. He was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and also served as a core member of the World Development Report team at the World Bank. He was ranked among the top 100 young economists in IDEAS list in 2009.

Dr. Hamid Baghestani



PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Before joining AUS, Hamid Baghestani was on the faculty of the Economics Institute and University of Colorado at Boulder. His portfolio of teaching includes courses on econometrics, forecasting, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, monetary economics and statistics. He was also a visiting professor at institutions such as Colorado School of Mines, Metropolitan State College at Denver, University of Colorado at Denver, and University of Denver. He has also conducted training programs for organizations such as the Malaysian Central Bank, the Central Bank of the Philippines, the Central Bank of Venezuela, the Ministry of the National Economy of Oman, and Bank Indonesia.

Dr. Henry Chappell

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PhD in Economics, Yale University, USA

Following one year at the University of Alabama, Henry Chappell joined the Department of Economics at the University of South Carolina in 1980. He retired there as Dewey H. Johnson Professor of Economics in 2013. His research interests include public choice economics and the politics of macroeconomic policymaking. He has published in leading journals in economics and political science, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Political Science Review. He teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics, industrial organization and public economics.

Dr. Ramon Cobo-Reyes Cano


PhD, University of Granada, Spain.

Before joining AUS, Ramon Cobo-Reyes was an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Business School. Previously, he was at the University of Granada. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Ramon uses experimental methods to study individual and group behavior with a particular interest in labor market, incentives, identity and migration. He has published in leading journals in economics, including the American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and European Economic Review.

Dr. Emin Gahramanov

Emin Gahramanov

Associate Professor

PhD, Colorado State University, USA

Emin Gahramanov joined Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) after his PhD. At Deakin he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Economics. His primary area of research interests include intertemporal consumption, saving, and labor supply behavior, rationality and pension design. Dr. Gahramanov has published in various academic journals such as Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economica, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Economic Record, among many others. His teaching interests are wide, but primarily focus on macroeconomics and quantitative methods in economics.

Dr. Khusrav Gaibulloev

Dr. Khusrav Gaybulloev

Associate Professor

PhD in Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Khusrav Gaibulloev taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Texas at Dallas and at KIMEP University, Kazakhstan. Dr. Gaibulloev has been a research associate at the Center for Global Collective Action, University of Texas at Dallas, since 2009. His current research interest is in the areas of political economy of security and conflicts, public economics and applied econometrics.

Dr. Ilker Kaya

Dr Ilker Kaya

Associate Professor

PhD in Economics, University of Georgia, USA

Ilker Kaya taught several economics courses at the University of Georgia, USA, before joining AUS. His theoretical and empirical research is concentrated in the areas of economic growth, income inequality, poverty, international trade, international finance and financial liberalization.

Dr. Ozgur Kaya

Dr. Ozgur Kaya

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Georgia, USA

Before joining AUS, Ozgur Kaya taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the US and the UAE. Her teaching and research interests are statistics, applied economics, microeconomics, international economics, and economic growth and development.

Dr. Samer Kherfi


Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Samer Kherfi has been teaching courses in international monetary economics, econometrics and introductory economics. His current research interests are focused on the economics of education and labor economics.

Dr. Adrian Lopes

Dr Adrian Anthony Lopes

Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics, Cornell University, USA

Before coming to AUS, Adrian Lopes taught at the Economics Department at Bates College in the US. There he taught courses on microeconomics, environmental economics and resource economics—all of which are also among his research interests. Dr. Lopes was awarded the Joseph Fisher Fellowship from Resources for the Future in Washington, DC, for his PhD dissertation research. A native of India, he worked as a consultant in environmental and developmental policy at The Energy and Resources Institute in India prior to his academic career.

Dr. Jay Squalli



PhD in Economics, University of Delaware, USA

Jay Squalli earned has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics in Delaware, Morocco and the UAE. His areas of research are industrial organization, international trade, environment and ecology, and economics of the MENA. Prior to his academic career, he worked in wholesale and retail management, consulting and oil distribution.

Dr. Dina Tasneem

Dina Tasneem

Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics from McGill University, Canada

Dina Tasneem’s area of research interest includes behavioral and experimental economics, resource economics, applied microeconomics and dynamic decision making. In her dissertation, she used laboratory experiments to study dynamic decision-making problems in renewable resource management and life cycle models of consumption. She has taught public sector economics, principles of microeconomics and intermediate microeconomics as a lecturer at McGill Univeristy, Canada, and at BRAC University, Bangladesh.

Dr. Hugo Toledo

Hugo Toledo


PhD in Economics, Auburn University, USA

Hugo Toledo's research interests are in the topics of international trade and labor markets, especially in GCC countries. He has presented his research findings at international conferences in Europe, North America and Australia. His research has been published in journals such as Applied Economics, Review of Development Economics, the International Trade Journal, and the International Review of Economics and Finance.

Dr. Ajalavat Viriyavipart

Ajalavat Viriyavipart

Assistant Professor

PhD, Texas A&M University, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Ajalavat Viriyavipart taught a class in economics when he was a PhD student at Texas A&M University, USA. His research interests are in the fields of experimental economics, game theory and industrial organization.

Dr. Javed Younas


Associate Professor

PhD in Economics, West Virginia University, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Javed Younas held a faculty position at Central Michigan University, USA. He also visits the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, USA, as a Visiting Scholar. His major research interests lie in the areas of international economics, development economics, economics of security and applied econometrics. He has published articles in the following reputable journals: Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters, Applied Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review and European Journal of Political Economy, among others.

Dr. Sanket Roy

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Assistant Professor

Sanket Roy's research interests are in the fields of environmental economics, urban development, applied economics and development economics. In his dissertation, his research focusses on contemporary issues in climate change and urban development.