Katharine L. Shester Associate Professor of Economics

Katharine L. Shester

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Curriculum Vitae

Katie joined the Economics Department at W&L in 2011 after finishing her PhD at Vanderbilt University. She is also a core member of the Shepherd Program and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching interests include US economic history, demography, and urban economics. Some of Katie’s recent work focuses on the effects of racial residential segregation on infant health and the effects of the baby boom and birth order on educational attainment.


Ph.D. in Economics, Vanderbilt University (2011)

M.A. in Economics, Vanderbilt University (2008)

B.A. in Economics, Wake Forest University (2005)


US Economic History, Urban Economics, Labor Economics, Demography


Principles of Economics, Urban Economics, Women in the Economy, US Economic History