Dr. Julie Mueller   
Specialization: Economics
Home institution in US: W. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
Host Institution in India: University of Goa, Goa
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Mueller received a B.A. with highest honors in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2002. She has a M.S. in economics from the University of Oregon (2003) and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University (2007). Dr. Mueller’s first position was as assistant professor of economics at Galen University in Belize, Central America where she taught a large range of courses including Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics. She is currently in her fourth year as assistant professor of economics in the Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business. Dr. Mueller’s teaching interests are in environmental economics and econometrics, and her research is in the area of applied environmental economics. In particular, Dr. Mueller’s research focuses on non-market valuation of environmental goods and services. Her recent projects include estimating the cost of wildfire risk in Southern California, valuation of watershed services in the arid southwestern U.S., and estimating Arizona residents’ willingness to pay for solar energy research and development. She visited India as a tourist in the summers of 2009 and 2010, and is honored to have the opportunity to teach in India.

As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Mueller plans to teach a course in environmental economics that will cover relevant topics such as externalities, public goods and carbon markets. The course will be held in a seminar format with required readings of relevant articles for each topic covered. Each topic will be discussed in the framework of its application to current events in India. Students will be assigned projects where they research a particular environmental problem in India and propose economic solutions based upon theoretical models discussed in the course. Students will be required to present their ideas and findings to the class for meaningful discussion.