Melissa Thomasson is looking forward to leading new initiatives as the first female chair of the economics department.

When Melissa Thomasson first entered the field of economics, it never occurred to her that this was a path other women might not pursue.. Now, years down the line, she’s come to know a thing or two about the male-dominated field.

“It’s sad that it’s such a long time coming,” she said about becoming the first female chair of the Miami University Economics Department. 

“She is a highly regarded scholar in the field, an excellent instructor and mentor and a strong chair,” said Mike Curme, associate professor of economics.

Curme said it’s unfortunate that Thomasson’s administrative work takes up time she used to spend in

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