Galina An was born in the former Soviet Union republic of Kazakstan. After completing high school in Taldykorgan, she entered Kazak State University in the capital, Almaty, where she studied the mechanics of fluids and gases. After completing her studies, she was employed by the university, modeling dynamic processes in internal combustion engines using computer programs.

After the breakdown of the Soviet Union, An became interested in economics and entered the master's degree program at Kazakstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research. A year later, she received a scholarship from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to study at the University of Colorado, where she earned both her master's degree and doctorate in economics.

With regards to Kenyon College, An said, "I was drawn by the beauty of the campus and the greatness of the people - faculty, students, and staff - at Kenyon." An currently teaches a variety of economics courses ranging from introductory classes to honors seminars, as well as contributing to various journals.


2004 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ Colorado Boulder

1997 — Master of Arts from Univ Colorado Boulder

1996 — Master of Arts from Kazak Institute of Mgmt

1987 — Bachelor of Science from Kazak State University

Courses Recently Taught

This course studies issues of economic choice, economic efficiency and social welfare. The course presents theories of consumer and producer behavior and shows how these theories can be used to predict the consequences of individual, business and government actions. Topics covered include opportunity cost; the gains from trade; supply and demand analysis; taxes; externalities; price controls; consumer choice; production and cost; product pricing and market structure. This course is required for the major. No prerequisite. Offered every fall semester.

This seminar will focus on potential causes of persistent poverty in developing countries. We will explore the issues of food deprivation, poor health, substandard education, high population growth and low savings rates. We will also examine the recent empirical evidence on microfinance, local entrepreneurship, as well as the micro foundations of local institutions. This course will utilize analysis and principles of behavioral economics, conventional econometrics techniques, randomized controlled trials (RCT) that are used in the field of development economics. This counts toward the seminar requirement for the major. Prerequisite: ECON 101, 102 and junior standing. ECON 205 is highly recommended. Offered every two or three years.

Students examine the economic conditions and problems of developing economies, exploring alternative theories of economic development and strategies for achieving development goals. Specific topics include the meaning of development; historical and theoretical perspectives; income distribution; agriculture, population and human resources; industrialization; employment and technology; urbanization and migration; foreign trade, investment and aid; and government planning. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102 and junior standing. Generally offered every other year.

This course focuses on the basics of international trade &emdash; theories of international trade, the instruments of trade policies, their impact on welfare and employment, the movement of factories and economic integration. While emphasis is placed on developing and empirically testing theories, we also discuss major trade-related issues such as the economic effects of globalization, the role of the World Trade Organization, labor and immigration issues, foreign direct investment and outsourcing. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102, ECON 201 is highly recommended. Generally offered every other year.

This course introduces students to the tools of derivative and integral calculus used in microeconomics and macroeconomics. These tools include Lagrange multiplier methods for unconstrained and constrained optimization, Kuhn-Tucker conditions for nonlinear programming and Hamiltonian functions for problems of dynamic optimization. The course will emphasize the application of the tools of calculus rather than the underlying calculus theory. Therefore, students taking the course are expected to be familiar with derivative and integral calculus, as well as with the main principles of micro- and macroeconomics. Prerequisite: ECON 101, 102, 201 and MATH 111, 112 or the appropriate AP calculus scores. Generally offered every other year.

This seminar will focus on examining the economies of the Middle Eastern region. We will explore the common development economic issues such as growth, poverty, inequality, labor markets, population growth, financial systems, education, institutional structures, etc., in the context of the Middle Eastern economies. This counts toward the seminar requirement for the major. Prerequisite: ECON 101, ECON 102, STAT 106, and junior standing. ECON 205 is highly recommended. Offered every two or three years.