Isao Kamata has joined the La Follette School as an assistant professor of public affairs. His research and teaching interests include international trade; international macroeconomics; development economics; and applied microeconomics.
This fall he is teaching the public affairs 880 course, Microeconomic Policy Analysis with professors Tom DeLeire and Bob Haveman. He also is teaching international trade and finance in the economics department.
Prior to joining the La Follette School, he was an assistant professor with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2008. Prior to his doctoral work, Kamata served in positions with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation focusing on economic development. He has overseen energy sector development projects in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
In addition, Terri Karls joins the school's staff as payroll and benefits specialist, and Mickie Waterman is the director's assistant.
This article appeared in the fall 2009 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.