Dr. Kirsten Madden

Associate Professor

Dr. Kirsten Madden

Contact Information


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

Office Hours

T: 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
W: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
R: 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Comments: Fall 2023 Office Hours


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

“The Design of a Virtuous Political Economy as inspired by Unto This Last” co-authored with Nicholas Armstrong.  Review of Social Economy. February 2021, pp. 1-30.   DOI: 10.1080/00346764.2021.1878260

“Buy the Seat of Your Pants:  Increasing the Stakes of a Classroom Experiment” co-authored with lead author, Ronald Baker.  Journal of Economics Teaching, accepted for publication January 2020.

 “The Economic Content of G.D.H. Cole’s Guild Socialism:  Behavioral Assumptions, Institutional Structure, and Analytical Arguments” co-authored with lead author, Joseph Persky.  The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, vol. 26, no. 3, June 2019.

Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought, London, UK: Taylor & Francis Publishing Group,  2018.

“Engaged Learning with the Inquiry Based Question Cluster Discussion Technique:  Student Outcomes in a History of Economic Thought Course," Southern Economic Journal, no. 77: 224-239, 2010.

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.

“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.

 “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. 

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

Economics Major Profile: Gina Grier, Class of 2013


Gina Grier, Class of 2013 (pdf)