Deborah Spencer

Associate Professor Economics

Dr. Spencer landed at Emory & Henry in mid-career after relocating from SUNY Cortland with her family.  Her research is focused on inclusive economic institutions and she is passionate about global experiential learning. Dr. Spencer  served on the Board of Directors of the Peacework Development Fund for over two decades working to unite academics and communities around the world.  She has visited and worked with local organizations in Nicaragua, Belize, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Dr. Spencer has published on such topics as globalization, gender pay equity, law and economics, and higher education funding.  


  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame
  • B.S. Radford University


  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Law & Economics
  • Money & Banking
  • International Trade
  • Economic Development
  • Senior Seminar


Most recent publication:  “Funding Higher Education:  Negotiating a Fundamental Tension”  Virginia Social Science Journal, Vol. 50, 2015.

Professional Experience

  • Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Economics, Emory & Henry College
  • Service Manager, Banking Industry
  • Board Member, Virginia Social Science Association, 2016-Present
  • Former Board Member, Peacework Development Fund, Inc., 
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Emory, VA 24327



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