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Alex Faust CSSH 2012 is the television play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings.  Faust graduated from Northeastern University in 2012 with a degree in political science and economics.

He was the voice of Northeastern University men’s basketball, and was one of the youngest play-by-play broadcasters to call an NCAA tournament game at age 26. He was also the radio broadcaster for the single-A Staten Island Yankees for two years.

Recently, Faust was in the news when Alex Trebek floated his name as a possible replacement to host Jeopardy in the future!  Link to the News@Northeastern article.


August 2018

Betzamel Lopez BS 2016 is starting her first year at Harvard Medical School this fall. Read about Betzamel’s  pathway from economics to medicine here.


As a doctor, I cannot simply say “you should get more exercise”—maybe my patient cannot afford to pay for a gym membership or lives in a neighborhood where it is unsafe to jog outside. Understanding the economic situation of each one of my patients can help me prepare treatment plans that better suit their lifestyles, thus ensuring successful outcomes.


Faizan Qaiyum graduated from Northeastern in January 2016 majoring in economics, and minoring in business administration and psychology.

He currently works at Harvard Business Publishing as a Technical Support Associate

“The Northeastern University education is truly liberating! I was continuously surrounded with smart and ambitious friends – which enabled me to unlock my true potential. My passion to learn and transcend boundaries complemented well with the Northeastern values.”

Laura Crispin, BA 2004, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at St. Joseph’s University recent paper,”Estimating the Effect of Child Caregiving on CollegeStudents’ Time Allocation.”  co-authored with Dimitrios Nikolaou,  has been accepted for publication at the Monthly Labor Review.

Laura  Mueller-Soppart  (2013 Economics and Political Science) is the founder of Built Interest. In light of Brexit, Laura moved to Berlin to do real estate development consulting considering the massive influx of investment in such a new and progressive city. After two years of exciting projects, from building Canada’s first food hall spanning 18,000 SF in its burgeoning downtown core to pitching the Manchester City Council on a new planning scheme to build a new retail innovation district, Laura decided to move Built Interest, the firm, to New York City – home. Build Interest is a growing team of developers, designers, urban strategists, and project managers dedicated to building places from the inside out. The mission is to make exciting ideas come to life from ideation to execution, from concept to brand to build.

Dr. Kamlesh Misra who earned a PhD in Economics from Northeastern University was named Vice-Chancellor at Ansal University Gurgaon in India. A turnaround specialist, he has extensive experience in institution building.

The company founded by Ken Wengrod BS 1973 was recognized for making a significant contribution to the expansion of American exports. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross  presented  the President’s “E” Award for Export Services to Ken Wengrod  at a ceremony in Washington, DC, earlier this summer. Read the News @Northeastern article here

Nehan Naim graduated with her PhD in Economics in the Spring of 2018. She has been named an assistant professor at SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Odeta Kushi who graduated with her MA in Economics in 2015 has been promoted to deputy chief at First American Corp.

Odeta Kushi regularly publishes insightful analysis to the First American Economics Center and speaks frequently at conferences and events. Her research has been cited in business and industry trade media, and she has been quoted in national media outlets, including Forbes, Newsweek and Fox Business News..

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Pinshuo Wang’s  (PhD 2018 ) is an assistant professor in  Muma College of Business’s Finance Department at the University of South Florida.

In May, Pinshuo’s research paper “The Cost of Financing Education: Can Student Debt Hinder Entrepreneurship?” co-authored with Professor Karthik Krishnan in the Finance department of Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, published in  Management Science.

Rand Ghayad PhD 2014  is now an Economist and  a Public Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund.

Congratulations to Yelena Kuznetsov Greenberg BS/MA 2010 on the birth of her beautiful baby Misha.  In 2017, Yelena graduated from Boston University Law School and is currently an associate at CARB-X.