Professor Sheena Murray
Sheena Murray is an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She joined the Department of Finance and Economics in the Fall of 2018, and is excited to be a member of the Gary W. Rollins School of Business.
Originally from California, she earned her BA in Economics with a minor in Political Science in 2007. She attended graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned her PhD in 2014. Sheena's dedication to teaching and research was recognized in graduate school by the awarding of the: Reuben Zubrow Fellowship for an unusual commitment to teaching and research, the Leslie Whittington Fellowship for excellence in economics, and the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. Sheena then taught at Curry College in Boston MA for four years. While at Curry College her commitment to excellence was recognized by twice being nominated as a Faculty Mentor by Dean's List students. Since starting at UTC she has been awarded a Summer Research Award, as well as recognition from the Summerfield Johnston Research Endowment.
Professor Murray specializes in labor and applied econometrics, with a focus on household decisions and economic demography. Chapters from her dissertation, An Empirical Exploration of the Determinants of Divorce, have been published in Economics Bulletin and are currently under review at Explorations in Economic History. Additionally, she worked on weather-induced migration and has a publication in the International Migration Review. A project on how broadband access affects marriage and divorce in the US was published in the Review of Economics of the Household. Recently, a joint project examining how conditions in graduate school can affect lifetime co-authorship rates with Andrew Hussay and Wendy Stock was published by Economic Inquiry, and a working paper on long-acting contraception received a revise and resubmit from Applied Economic Letters. Other working papers include projects that examine the pro-cyclicality of divorce, technology and fertility rates, and how broadband impacts labor markets in urban and rural areas differently.