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Zamira Simkins: Brown School of Business and Leadership Faculty

Zamira S. Simkins , Ph.D.

Department Chair, Business Administration
Brown School of Business and Leadership
Zamira Simkins


  • Ph.D. in Economics, American University
  • M.A. in International Affairs and Administration, Missouri State University

Professional Experience

Department Chair, Business Administration 
Professor of Finance
(promoted May 2020)
Brown School of Business and Leadership
Stevenson University

Associate Professor of Finance
Brown School of Business and Leadership
Stevenson University

Co-Director, School of Business and Economics
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Associate Professor of Economics 
Promotion and tenure endorsed January 2016
School of Business and Economics
University of Wisconsin-Superior 

Lecturer, Department of Economics
Morgan State University

Adjunct Professor, Business Administration
Brown School of Business & Leadership
Stevenson University 

Consultant: IMF, Dubai Economic Council, World Bank, UN

Research Associate
National Center on Education and the Economy

Institutional Sales and Trading Manager
Global Securities

Research Analyst
Global Securities


Dr. Simkins' research interests include financial economics; macroeconomics and monetary economics; economic development and growth; and applied economic and financial analysis. 



Select peer-reviewed publications:

“Measuring the Transportation Workforce Skills Gap Using New Indices and Survey of Employers and Workers” (with Rubana Mahjabeen), Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Fall 2017, 56(3): 19-34.

“Integrating Undergraduate Research into Economics General Education Courses” (with Rubana Mahjabeen and Sakib Mahmud), CUR Quarterly, Winter 2016, 38(2): 11-18. 

“Factoring a Real Value of Cargo in Port Investment and Funding Decisions” (with Richard Stewart), Maritime Policy and Management, October 2015, 42 (7): 712-728. 

“Retirement Trends, Current Monetary Policy and the Reverse Mortgage Market” (with David Johnson), Journal of Financial Planning, March 2014, 27 (3): 52-59.

“Economic Gateways” (with Richard Stewart), Great Lakes Seaway Review, March 2013, 41 (3): 45-47. 


  • Principles of Finance
  • Investment Theory and Practice
  • International Finance
  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Money and Banking


Select grants and awards:

Research Contract: Northwest Wisconsin Skills Gap Study ($30,000), Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (with Rubana Mahjabeen, David Johnson, and Jerry Hembd).


Max Lavine Scholarship Award for Outstanding Faculty Research ($1,000), University of Wisconsin-Superior (with David Johnson).

University Transportation Center Partnership Grant ($17,835), Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE II), University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Doctoral Research Fellowship, Gates Foundation/Economic Club of Washington, DC.

Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State.

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