Chair and Associate Professor of Economics
B.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Katherine C. Theyson is an associate professor of economics, with a focus on the fields of international trade and development. The courses Theyson teaches include introduction to economics, international trade, and international finance.

Katherine Theyson earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where her dissertation investigated the factors affecting the off-farm work choices of agricultural households in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon and how those choices impacted land use and deforestation on family farms. In her time at Sewanee, Dr. Theyson's research has investigated a variety of topics, but her current research examines issues surrounding the monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulation.

Dr. Theyson has been honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and teaches a variety of courses including: Microeconomic Theory, International Trade, International Finance, Health and Development, Econometrics, and Research Seminar.

Prior to pursuing her graduate education in economics, Dr. Theyson received her B.A. in chemistry from North Carolina State University and worked as an organic and medicinal chemist.


On research leave for Fall of 2020.