Cici McNamara

Cici at Lake Mendota1. Who or what inspired you to pursue economics?

I always knew I wanted to write but didn't know what type of writing I wanted to do: creative, academic, journalistic, etc. I was an English major and did undergraduate research in History and Government until finally settling on Economics.

I loved both the theoretical and empirical sides of it and combining both elements into a single paper. I had very supportive professors who introduced me to their field of study, supported me in my research, and encouraged me to apply to graduate school.

2. What do you research?

I research how policies influence the demand and supply of health care and what the impacts of such changes are on market and patient outcomes. I hope my research helps us better understand the unintended consequences and tradeoffs we face when designing and implementing policy.

3. What are your hobbies and favorite things to do outside of work?

I love going out to the movies, especially since Atlanta has so many unique and interesting theaters. I also enjoy reading fiction, long-distance running, and being with my two cats, Cleo and Jonesy.

Cici's cat, Cleo
Cici's cat, Cleo

4.What’s your #1 piece of advice for Econ students at Georgia Tech?

Don't be afraid to try something new and challenging; it makes it way easier to take on challenges in the future if you can look back on this time in your life and see how brave and resilient you were.

Assistant Professor Cici McNamara is currently teaching undergraduate industrial organization, which is the study of how firms acquire and maintain market power. The course uses microeconomic and game theory to model strategic interactions between firms and examines how antitrust law has regulated firm conduct to achieve certain market outcomes. Read more about McNamara's work in Health Economics and JAMA Open Network.

Profile Type
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Job Title / Employer
Assistant Professor