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Owen Flomberg

Title of Program:  Political Economy with a Focus on Development

E-mail Address: oflomber@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Year:  Sophomore

Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2020

Description of Program: Political economy seeks to answer the questions like, “Why are some countries or areas so poor and others so wealthy?” Traditionally, scholars would point to factors like climate, biogeography, or the culture of an area as responsible for a locale’s relative prosperity or poverty. However, these are at best partial explanations that do not adequately account for the reality we observe. Through classes from a wide range of departments I will explore how political factors are determinants of economic outcomes and economic factors determinants of political outcomes. In doing so, I also plan to specifically study what political factors and legal structures encourage economic development.

Departmental Emphases:  Political Science, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Business

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Ian Down (Political Science Department)

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): MPP, JD, or possibly both

Other Academic Interests: Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities:  Campus Events Board Issues Committee, Resident Assistant in Clement Hall, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Student Government Association College of Arts and Sciences Senator, Chancellor’s Honors Program, Operations Manager at D and B’s Restaurants, Photography, Hiking, Reading


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