Cuneyt Orman, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
B.S., Mathematics, Bogazici University, 2000
M.A., Economics, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2002
Ph.D., Economics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008
Please tell us a brief bio of your career – how long have you taught at Drury, what courses do you typically teach, what are your research interests, what is your educational background, etc.
I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. After completing my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Bogazici University in 2000, I moved to the US to pursue my graduate studies in Economics, obtaining a Master’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2002 and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2008. During my time at the University of Minnesota, I taught a number of courses ranging from Principles of Economics to Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics to Cost-Benefit Analysis. During the 2008-09 academic year, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at St. Olaf College, where I taught Principles of Economics and Game Theory.
In late 2009, I started as an Economist at the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, where I worked for the next seven years. As an Economist at the Research and Monetary Policy Department, my duties involved carrying out policy-oriented research, preparing speeches and presentations for Monetary Policy Committee and Board members, refereeing for the Bank’s policy paper series, and organizing the research seminar series. Between 2011 and 2013, I served as the Director of European Relations Division and then as the Director of International Affairs Division at the Communications and International Relations Department of the Bank. During 2013-2014, I was a Deputy Director General at the Communications and International Relations Department, where I oversaw approximately 50 employees. As a manager, I was responsible for coordinating the international relations of the Bank, including, among others, with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Bank for International Settlements, and G20. I also served as the Bank’s Principal Delegate in the International Financial Architecture Working Group of the G20 during 2012-2014.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Central Bank, my heart was always in academia. I was able to make the transition back to academia during the 2016-17 academic year, first as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College, where I taught Intermediate Macroeconomics. My research interests lie at the intersection of Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, and Industrial Organization (see my webpage). I am looking forward to sharing my research and policy experience with Drury students starting with the 2017-18 academic year.
What sets Breech apart from other business schools? (If new, tell us something interesting about yourself)
The small class size at the Breech School provides ample opportunities for students to interact with fellow students as well as with professors. Keep in mind that you will learn as much from your fellow students as you will from your professors. So, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and create synergies with fellow students, while at the same picking your professors’ brains as much as possible.
What advice would you offer to a new student beginning their course of study in the Breech School of Business?
We are living in an increasingly global and interconnected world where formal borders are becoming less and less important. Many of the challenges we face cannot be adequately addressed at the local level and potential solutions often require international cooperation among different countries and institutions. What’s more, tackling any given problem in the modern world often requires insights and information from multiple intellectual disciplines. Therefore, I would encourage incoming students to take full advantage of the rich liberal arts tradition at Breech to develop a broad and global perspective. And, most importantly, be sure to enjoy the journey!