Contact Current Students

Duong Dang – Hello there! I’m currently a third year student in the field of Macroeconomics. I’m from Vietnam, and did my undergrad at the Australian National University before coming to UW. I’d be keen to answer any questions about my experiences in the program so far.

Sharada Dharmasankar – I’m a fourth year student from the great city of Aurora, Illinois. After finishing my undergraduate studies in economics and in English at the University of Chicago, I spent a few years in consulting before working as an RA at the Chicago Fed. My research interests are in labor and IO. Feel free to reach out to me about being a TA, living in Madison, and about the coursework and program in general!

Caitlin Dutta – Hi, I’m a first-year student from Charlottesville, Virginia. After studying Econ and English at the University of Virginia I worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in DC as an RA for two years. I’m interested in applied micro, especially questions in labor and public. I’m happy to talk about school during covid, UW, the first-year program, TA work, and your grad school journey.

Danny Edgel – I’m a second-year student originally from rural Washington State (Republic, WA). I studied Economics at Western Washington University for my BA and at the University of Toronto for my MA. I worked as an RA at the Richmond Fed’s Baltimore branch for a few years before entering the PhD program. I’m interested in Industrial Organization and Urban Economics. Feel free to ask me any questions, but I can speak personally to the experiences of being a TA and/or RA in your first year; transitioning to the program after working for a few years; and moving to Madison with a dog and/or a partner and/or as an avid runner. I’m also involved in the department’s diversity and inclusion graduate student organization and will happily answer any related questions related to the department or my experiences.

Sam Engle – I am a sixth-year student from Beaverton, Oregon. My area of concentration is econometric theory, with a particular focus on hypothesis testing.  I majored in Math and Economics as an undergraduate, and completed a Masters in Statistics before joining the PhD program here in Madison.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have about the PhD program (especially the first year!), being a TA/PA/RA, or any general questions you may have about living here in Madison.

Greg Kirwin – I’m a third-year student from Philadelphia. Prior to UW, I was an economics/math major at William & Mary. I then worked on antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission, and afterwards earned a masters in applied mathematics from Northwestern. My main interests are in industrial organization and applied econometrics. Feel free to ask me about teaching in your first year, finding housing, or anything else.

Giselle Labrador Badía – Hi, I am a second-year doctoral student from Cuba. I majored in computer science and math at the University of Havana. Prior to UW-Madison, I was living in Mexico City, earning my master’s degree in economics. I’m primarily interested in applied micro, especially IO and information economics. I would be glad to answer any question you have.

Stefano Lord Medrano: Hello! I am a first-year doctoral student from Mexico City. Before my Ph.D. studies, I was a financial researcher of the Financial Stability Division at Banco de Mexico and got my master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics at ITAM in Mexico City. My research interests rely in the intersection of Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, and Time Series Econometrics. If there is any question regarding the first-year courses, experiences of being a TA in UW, and moving to Madison with your spouse please do not hesitate to contact me!

April Meehl – Hi! I am a fourth year student in the joint economics and finance program. I grew up in Erie, PA and studied statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. I then worked for two years as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. My research interests include banking, financial intermediation, and macro. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the econ program, the joint program, or living in Madison!

Michael Nattinger – Hello! I am a second year student in the joint program in economics and finance. I am a local, having been born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I went to Grinnell College for my undergrad, and then worked as an RA for the FRBNY for two years before coming to UW for the joint program. My research interests are in macroeconomics, macrofinance, corporate finance, and asset pricing. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the joint program, the first year courses and transitioning to graduate studies, surviving the Wisconsin winter, or anything else!

Mengqi Wang – I am a fourth-year student from China. I finished my undergrad at Renmin University of China, and my master’s at Peking University before coming to Madison. I am currently interested in international economics and macroeconomics. I would be glad to make new friends and share my experiences here, so if you have any question, feel free to drop me an email at