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I'm a professor of economics at the University of Kentucky. I was the director of our Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) during the 2018-19 year, and I directed our PhD program from 2015-18. My research is primarily in the fields of economic growth, development, and international trade, and I'm on the advisory board of UK's Center for Equality and Social Justice.

In spring 2012, I was on sabbatical in Belgium. I received a Fulbright grant to do research on poor regions of the rich countries of the European Union at CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics) at the Université Catholique de Louvain through the Fulbright-Schuman Program on European Affairs.

My regular teaching in the Ph.D. program includes courses in the first-year sequence (ECO 602) and the macro field sequence (ECO 762). At the undergraduate level, I teach intermediate macro (ECO 402), a topics course on the economics of Africa (ECO 410/499), and a course on economic development (ECO 473). Recent syllabi for all are attached at left.

My last name is pronounced, approximately, minn-ear (or minn-yay).

Areendam Chanda (LSU) and I co-organized the Southern Growth Conference at the SEA meetings in 2018, 2015, 2012, 2010, and 2008.

Some of my former PhD students, whom I advised or co-advised:
Andrew Jonelis, PhD 2019, Teaching Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
Kara Riesing, PhD 2019, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College (PA)
Hao Guo, PhD 2017, Assistant Professor, Nanjing Audit University (China)
Anna Maximova, PhD 2017, Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College (CA)
Emily Marshall, PhD 2015, Associate Professor, Dickinson College (PA) 
Maria Apostolova, PhD 2014, Assistant Professor, Centre College (KY) starting fall 2015
        (Maria's initial placement was Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington, VA)
Brandon Sheridan, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Elon University (NC) starting fall 2016
        (Brandon's initial placement was Assistant Professor, North Central College, IL)
Biniv Maskay, PhD 2012, Associate Professor, Loras College (IA)

And some whose committee I was on (economics unless noted otherwise):
Barrak Algharabali, PhD 2019 Public Policy, Assistant Professor, Kuwait University
Tim Bianco, PhD 2018, Assistant Professor, Allegheny College (PA)
Qiping (Jimmy) Huang, PhD 2018 Finance, Assistant Professor, Boise State University (ID)
Abdelaziz Lawani, PhD 2018 Agricultural Economics, Visiting Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Didier Alia, PhD 2017 Agricultural Economics, Research Associate, University of Washington
Na Zuo, PhD 2017 Agricultural Economics, Assistant Professor of the Practice, University of Arizona
Cole Rakow, PhD 2016 Public Policy, Economist, Independent Budget Office of the City of New York
Rishav Bista, PhD 2012, Associate Professor, Texas Christian University
Tonmoy Islam, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Elon University (NC) 
Gil Kim, PhD 2009, Associate Professor, Fresno State University (CA)