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Assistant Professor

B.A.-Colgate University, 2004
Cornell University, 2008
Ph.D.-Cornell University, 2009 


Telephone: (336) 758-4523

Office: 207 Kirby Hall


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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Griffith joined the Economics department faculty at Wake Forest in the fall of 2009 after completing her Ph.D. at Cornell University. Her research has focused on issues regarding access to higher education for disadvantaged students, and the success of these students at selective colleges and universities. Dr. Griffith is currently researching the factors that affect college grades, major choice, and persistence. This work examines how roommates can impact these important educational outcomes for students. Additionally, she is studying the role that faculty may play as mentors or role models during college. Professor Griffith teaches two core courses in the department: Principles of Economics and Applied Econometrics. She also teaches electives in Labor Economics and the Economics of Higher Education. 


ECN 150 Principles of Economics

ECN 201 Applied Econometrics

ECN 235 Labor Economics

ECN 236 Economics of Higher Education



“Using PGA Tour Results to Illustrate the Effects of Selection Bias” (with Todd A. McFall) Journal of Education Economics. (forthcoming).

“Behavioral Responses to Epidemics in an Online Experiment” (with Frederick Chen, Allin Cottrell, and Yue-Ling Wong) (2013) PLOS ONE. January 9, 2013.

“Persistence of women and minorities in STEM field majors: Is it the school that matters?” (2010) Economics of Education Review. 29(6). pp. 911-922.

“Can’t Get There From Here: The Decision To Apply to a Selective Institution.” (2009) with Donna S. Rothstein. Economics of Education Review. 28(5). pp. 620-628.

“The Influence of the US News and World Report Rankings on the Matriculation Decision of High-Ability Students: 1995-2004.” (2007) with Kevin N. Rask. Economics of Education Review. 26(2). pp. 244-255.

“Keeping up with the Joneses: Institutional Changes Following the Adoption of a Merit Aid Policy” (forthcoming) Economics of Education Review.


Lower Division Adviser (2010 – )

Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI) Faculty Affiliate (2009 – ) www.ilr.cornell.edu/cheri/



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