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Economics welcomes Dr. Tristan Coughlin

June  04, 2014

Dr. Tristan Coughlin joined the economics faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2013, filling the position left by the retirement of Dr. Richard Ballman.

Dr. Coughlin received a Ph.D in economics in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since that time he has taught economics at Carroll University, Waukesha County Technical College and Lakeland College. He also briefly worked as an economist for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

"Teaching has always given me the greatest sense of purpose, and I wanted to teach at a place where students and faculty were wholly and sincerely devoted to the college experience," he said. "Augustana struck me as that type of place, and when I had the opportunity to visit campus, it just felt like home."

Dr. Coughlin teaches Principles of Macroeconomics: ECON 201; Intermediate Microeconomics: ECON 302; and Environmental Economics & Policy: ECON 221.

"My favorite part of the job is interacting with students," he said. "It's very encouraging and exciting to be around motivated young adults who are so dedicated to their education."

In his free time, he likes to go running and biking and enjoys competing in local half-marathons and 10Ks.

"Now that I'm living so close to the Mississippi River, I'm also hoping to learn how to kayak," he said. "However, I should probably learn how to swim before I give that a try. In the fall and winter there's nothing I enjoy more than watching my beloved Green Bay Packers."

A native of LaCrosse, Wis., he received a bachelor's of science degree in mathematics and economics in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and a master's degree in economics in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.