Svitlana Maksymenko is a Teaching Professor at the Department of Economics and the affiliated faculty member at the Katz Business School, Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University in 2006. Dr. Maksymenko’s research focuses on policy modeling, economic growth and reforms in emerging market economies. Her work has been published in the Comparative Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Development, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Journal of Policy Modeling, and International Journal of Educational Development. Svitlana has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, incl. Microeconomics, International Economics, Financial Economics, and Economic Policy Analysis. In addition to teaching at the main campus, Dr. Maksymenko directs the Economics summer study abroad program in Central Europe, and has also taught at the universities in Argentina, South Africa, and China. She is a recipient of the Sen. Edmund Muskie Fellowship, 2007 Best Faculty Paper Award of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology, Hewlett International Grant and the John Bowman Faculty Grant for expanding the international component in the University of Pittsburgh curriculum.