Kathleen Odell is the Associate Dean of the Brennan School of Business, and Associate Professor of Economics. Professor Odell joined the Dominican University faculty in 2009, after completing her PhD in Economics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has published in the areas of economic growth and economic development, with a focus on financial access for underserved populations. She is active in Brennan's UN PRME initiative and through her courses, introduces Brennan students to issues of sustainability and poverty at the global level.

Professor Odell was a Fulbright Scholar to Denmark in 2003-04, where she was a student at Roskilde University while conducting research on the urban and regional planning foundations of Denmark's successful wind power industry.

PhD, Economics, University Of Illinois At Chicago
MA, Economics, University Of Illinois At Chicago
MUPP, Urban Planning, University of Illinois, Chicago
BS, Computer Science, University of Puget Sound
Research Interests 

Economic growth
Economic development
Sustainability and sustainable development

Selected Publications 

Odell, Kathleen. "Team-based learning and student performance: Preliminary evidence from a principles of macroeconomics classroom." International Review of Economics Education, 2018

Odell, Kathleen."Measuring the Impact of Microfinance: Looking to the Future". Grameen Foundation, 2015

Odell, Kathleen; Lesniewski, Jacob."Manufacturing Coordination: The Importance of Collaboration for High Skill Manufacturing on Chicago's West Side". Center for Global Peace through Commerce, 2014

Odell, Kathleen; Gash, Megan."The Evidence-Based Story of Savings Groups: A Synthesis of Seven Randomized Control Trials". SEEP Network, 2013

Odell, Kathleen. "Determinants of Steady State Income: Is a Linear Specification Too Simple?." Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 2012

Tallarico, Carol; Johnson, Arvid; Odell, Kathleen. "Sector-Level Ecological Elasticities for Fossil Fuels in OECD Countries and Their Policy Implications." International Journal of Business & Economics Perspectives, 2012

Selected Presentations 
Finance, Credit Crises, and Endogenous Growth, Southern Economic Association, 2020
Is Teaching the SDGs Effective? Student Learning in a Business School, 26th International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, 2019
Should We Teach the UN Sustainable Development Goals to Business Students? Perspectives from Economics and Business Ethics, International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, 2018
The Limits of Community and Collective Impact: Two Case Studies from Chicago, Society for Social Work and Research, 2017
Using the market for Quinoa to teach three economic principles, Southern Economic Association, 2017


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