Dr. Kirsten Madden

Dr. Kirsten Madden

Dr. Kirsten Madden

Associate Professor

Office: McComsey 379
Phone: 717-871-7185
Fax: 717-871-7934

Office Hours

M: 12:00 - 1:45
T: 2:30-3:15
W: 12:00 - 1:45
R: 2:30-3:15
Comments: or by appointment. Note: Office hours are for Spring 2018.

Additional Information


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Economics, December 1995
B.A. magna cum laude, University of Alabama, Economics, December 1986, Phi Beta Kappa


During Ph.D. studies: History of Economic Thought, Economic Development, History of Econometrics & Methodology

Courses Taught

Macroeconomic Principles (Econ 101), Microeconomic Principles (Econ 102), Introduction to World Economy (Econ 203), Economic Development (Econ 326), Women and Global Economic Development (Econ 327), Econometrics (Econ 333), History of Economic Thought (Econ 365), Economics Research Seminar (Econ 488), Thesis Advisor and Reader for many undergraduate honors theses across a diverse range of topics (both University and Departmental Honors), Economic History

Research Interests

Research interests are idiosyncratic, with wide topical variation that is subject to change.  Work completed in history of econometrics & methodology, women's economic thought, Chinese economic thought, and teaching economics.  I would like to make thoughtful research contributions before my death in three more areas: ethics and economics; ecological economics; and drawing interconnections among/extensions of Amartya Sen's capability approach, Max-Neef's human needs matrix & human scale development, and the concepts of power and empowerment based on work by Jo Rowlands.

Sample Publications

“Engaged Learning with the Inquiry Based Question Cluster Discussion Technique:  Student Outcomes in a History of Economic Thought Course,” under review as of January 2009.

Student Survey for this paper is available here 

A Bibliography of Female  Economic Thought to 1940, with Janet Seiz and Michele Pujol (eds.), Abingdon, Oxon and New York, New York: Routledge, 2004.

“Quantitative Analysis of Female Economic Thought, 1900-1940,” History of Political Economy, vol. 34, no. 1: 1-30, 2002.

 “Method Choice in the History of Econometrics: A Decision Criteria Taxonomy and Analysis of the Report of Econometricians’ Decision Making Across Source Materials,” Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, vol. 19A: 1-31, 2000.

 “The Political Economy of Adam Smith and Han Feitzu:  A Comparative Analysis and Implications for Chinese Economic Transition,” in China’s Transition to a Socialist Market Economy, O. Suliman ed., Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1998.

“U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Economic Platforms, 2000: Overview of a Team-Based Project,” Economics in the Classroom, Newsletter for the Millersville University Center for Economic Education, 3(2), September 2000. 

University Connections

Recent service includes chair of committees for outcomes assessment, faculty searches, and promotion and tenure

Community Connections

Dedicated, involved mom of two children since 1991
Member of two Community Supported Agricultural communities in the region since 2003