Dr. John Kennedy, Associate Professor of Economics

November 27, 2013

Areas of Expertise

I do not consider myself an expert at anything, though if I know more about something that anyone else in a room, then I accept the role of teacher. My area of study as an economist was development, what we called "rice-paddy economics," the economics of poverty. Here at Saint Joseph's College, I am focusing on teaching undergraduates.  


PhD - University of Notre Dame, 1991

Master's - Economics, University of Notre Dame, 1985

BA - Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1979


Professional Background 

Upon receiving my doctorate, I worked in computing for 10 years at the University of Notre Dame as the Director of Arts and Letters Computing. I was there at the beginning of the desktop and networked computing revolution.  Upon leaving Notre Dame, I worked as a full-time musician for 10 years wearing the many hats that a small businessman has to wear:  singer, guitar player, songwriter, producer, web designer, accountant, marketer, agent, teacher, and band leader. And so, I am also a small businessman. In 2010, I returned to economics and joined the faculty at Saint Joseph College.  

Research Interests

It is a very interesting time to be thinking about and teaching Economics: The rise of India, China, and Brazil, the 2008 financial collapse of the United States, the ongoing debt crisis in both Europe and the United States, the emergence of economic growth in Sub-saharan Africa.  Wow! While I am curious about a range of economic issues, I am focusing my energy right now on teaching.  With my "spare" time, I am rehearsing, writing songs, recording, performing, and producing music.  

Your Position at SJC

I am Saint Joseph College's only economist.  I teach the courses in the major: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Development, Great Ideas, Money and Banking, and others.  I am currently the the advisor to Enactus, a business club that is dedicated to making the world a better place.  

What motivates you to teach?

My passion is learning  . . . anything.  I teach music and Economics with the same philosophy:  teach students how to learn.  I am less concerned with specific knowledge than with demonstrating a love of learning. Once someone knows how they learn and what they want to learn, then they are able to pursue their own interests in their own way.

 Fun Fact

When I am not in my office, you will often find me at the Rec Center (the gym).

What is your favorite thing about SJC?

This is a magic place.  The students are amazing people.  

Anything else you'd like to add?

My grandfather would often tell me to . . . "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."

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