The Association for Institutional Thought


Vice President Nominations

Dr. Barbara Hopkins is a Professor of economics at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is a radical institutional feminist economist focusing on the interplay between gender and economic systems. She has been a member of AFIT since 2000 and has served on the nominations committee and on the board. She teaches courses in comparative capitalism, problems of economic development, comparative systems of the Global South, political economy, and gender and public policy at Wright State University. She has published in Feminist Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Feminist Studies, Review of Political Economy, Review of Radical Political Economics and in several edited volumes including Varieties of Alternative Economic Systems: Practical Utopias for an Age of Global Crisis and Austerity.


Board Member Nominations

Dr. Nicola R. Matthews is a Lecturer of economics at Humboldt State University (HSU). She has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Metropolitan Community College, Rockhurst University and Park University. Dr. Matthews received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2002 and continued her studies at Buffalo State where she was awarded a Master's degree in Economics and Finance in 2009. She received her PhD from UMKC in 2018. Dr. Matthews’ research interests include institutional economics, political economy, macroeconomics, money and banking, and jurisprudence. Her recent work has focused on a cross section between money, history, psychology, semiotics and philosophy.


Graduate Student Board Member Nominations

Ushah Pradhan UMKC, PhD Student holds an M.A in Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at UMKC with Social Science Consortium as a codiscipline. She also finished a Graduate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate program from UMKC recently. Her research interests include Monetary Theory and Policy, Political Economy, Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development, Institutional Economics, Health Economics, History of Economic Thought, Public Policy, AI, to name a few. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant at UMKC, a research assistant for Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity (GISP), Secretary of the Global and Multicultural Education (GAME) – a Kansas City nonprofit organization, a member of the International Relations Council (IRC) – a Kansas City nonprofit organization and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, a member of the American Economic Association (AEA) and a member of the Association for Institutionalist Thought (AFIT). I have also served as a Vice-President of the UMKC Economics Club and a research analyst at the Center for Economic Information (CEI) at UMKC.

Matt Rice is a Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His interests include institutional economics with an emphasis on macroeconomic activity. His Ph.D. research is focused on automation and technological unemployment.

Jacob Tucker is currently a 2nd year MA candidate attending the University of Denver. His interests are extremely interdisciplinary and difficult to pin down, but his current research focuses on the intersection of ecological regeneration and political liberation through the lens of both Institutional and Marxian thought. His current thesis examines the ecological transition from feudalism to capitalism and the ways in which capitalism developed through specific ecological practices that transformed the English countryside. This work is driven by the work of Karl Marx and Lewis Mumford.

Robert M. Johnson Jr. is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He holds undergraduate degrees in finance from SUNY Plattsburgh, accounting from Lehman College, and graduate degree in economics from Brooklyn College, and has over eight years of experience in consulting roles. He aspires to a research program which incorporates original institutional economics, heterodox macroeconomic approaches, and behavioral economics. Based in a pragmatist approach, Robert’s goal is to produce research that is both theoretically sound and practical.