Katharine L. Shester Associate Professor of Economics

Katharine L. Shester

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Curriculum Vitae

Katie Shester became an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University in 2011, after receiving her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she worked as a teaching assistant for Principles of Microeconomics, Economic History, Labor Economics, Urban Economics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and Money and Banking. At Washington and Lee, she teaches Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 101), U.S. Economic History (ECON 224), and the Economics Senior Seminar (ECON 398).

Shester's dissertation focused on the diffusion and effects of public housing in the U.S. between 1940 and 1970, for which she received the Allan Nevins Prize from the Economic History Association. This award is given annually for the best economic history dissertation on a North American topic. Her research exploring the effects of Urban Renewal on city-level outcomes has recently been accepted for publication at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.


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

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

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


Professor Shester's research interests combine economic history, urban economics, and labor economics. Her research thus far has focused on the effects of public housing and urban renewal in the United States in the mid- to late-twentieth century.


Microeconomics, Economic History, Urban Economics, Labor Economics