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Economics Department Staff and Academic Advisors

Please note that we are no longer in McElhinney Hall. Staff are relocated to the Science Building (S) or Science and Research 2 (SR2).
Students seeking advising – Please note the new location for your advisor.

Staff Directory

Rayna Spencer

Rayna D. Spencer
Department Business Administrator
Economics and Comparative Cultural Studies
Phone: 832.842.4562
Office: 230 Science Building


Ashton Goudeau
Financial Coordinator II 
Phone: 713.743.0671
Office: 230 Science Building

Student Academic Advisors Directory

Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Emilia Rogers
Academic Advisor I
Phone: 713-743-9330
Office: 104 Teaching Unit II

Wendy Winborn
Academic Advisor II 
Phone: 713-743-0295

Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Zhivan
Natalia Zhivan 
Ph.D., Boston College 
Undergraduate Program Director, Instructional Associate Professor 
Health Economics, Aging, Applied Econometrics • Phone: 713.743.0505 • 208D–18 (S)

Graduate Advisor – Ph.D. and M.A. Applied Economics

Bent Sorensen
Amber Pozo
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 713.743.3805
Office: 133A Science & Research 2

M.A. Applied Economics Program Director

Rebecca Achee Thornton
Rebecca Achée Thornton
M.A. Applied Economics Program Director
Phone: 713.743.3820
Office: 122D Science & Research 2

Ph.D. Program Director

Bent Sorensen

Kei-Mu Yi
Ph.D. Program Director
Phone: 713.743.3331
Office: 208D-1 Science Building