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Stephanie R. Thomas

Stephanie Thomas

House Fellow
Lecturer, Department of Economics

Stephanie is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics and teaches courses in microeconomics and labor economics. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also serves on the Cornell University Football Academic Support Team (FAST) and works with Coach Archer and his players, providing support and guidance on all things economics. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Economics from Elmira College and a Ph.D. in Economics from The New School for Social Research. 

Stephanie began her teaching career in 1997 at New York University, offering courses on economic theory and econometrics. She then worked as an economic and statistical consultant for a number of years before returning to academic life at Cornell in 2013. Stephanie’s teaching philosophy is centered around her belief that economics is accessible to everyone, and that an understanding of economics is fundamental to an individual’s role as a member of society.

Throughout her career, Stephanie has completed research on a variety of topics including wage determination, pay gaps and inequality, and the relationship between pay, performance and productivity. She has published papers in a variety of journals and has appeared in media outlets such as NPR, Money Magazine, and The New York Times.

She is an early adopter of technology and a consumer of sci-fi books and films. In her free time, Stephanie likes to play in the mud - she has completed several mud runs, including two Tough Mudders!