Professor of Environmental Economics
Dr. Alexander received his Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Tennessee and his M.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida, respectively. Prior to joining the Sweet Briar faculty in 2003, Alexander was a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied and International Economics at Massey University in New Zealand where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource economics, environmental economics, mathematical economics, natural resource management and research methods.
Alexander is one the world's leading experts on the economics of wildlife conservation. His research interests include the economics of wildlife and wilderness conservation, bioeconomic and ecological modeling and natural resource policy. Alexander's research is geared toward examining the human behavior that leads to species decline and the economic incentives that motivate that behavior. He has conducted research in Africa, Australia, China and New Zealand, published in such journals as Ecological Economics, Ecological Modelling, Natural Resource Modelling, Conservation Biology and Biological Conservation. His personal web site, Wild Earth Net, contains more information on wildlife economics, including articles, research papers and Alexander's own wildlife photography.
Alexander enjoys hiking, camping, photography and training dogs. When feeling less actively inclined, he relaxes by reading science fiction. He is a citizen of both the United States and New Zealand and lives with his wife, Sheila, on a well-hidden 5-acre property in Madison Heights with their two cats, Tucson (Siamese) and K'Ali (Abyssinian).
Visiting Instructor of Economics
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Ms. Forbes is a doctoral candidate in Economics at the University of Virginia with an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2006, an M.Phil. In Economics from St. Antony’s College, The University of Oxford (U.K.) in 2004, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Sweet Briar College, Summa cum Laude, PBK in 2002. Ms. Forbes is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Economic Association CSWEP Fellowship at the Bureau of the Census, UVa's Quantitative Collaborative Fellowship, Snavely Dissertation Proposal Prize, Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, and International Studies Prize, The University of Chicago Lectureship, a Mellon Foundation Research/Travel Fellowship (Moscow, Russia), and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
Forbes was a collegiate athlete in Tennis at both Sweet Briar and Oxford, and she currently enjoys running the Sweet Briar trails. she shares her on-campus home with her cat, Nikolai.
Rudolf F. Klein
Research Assistant Professor
Rudy Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University (WVU) and B.S. in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. Before joining Sweet Briar College, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the International MBA program at WVU and also taught both online and traditional undergraduate courses at the university. Afterwards, he moved to Lynchburg and taught economics courses at Lynchburg College.
His research gravitates around linear factor models, with emphasis on orthogonalization procedures, systematic risk, stochastic dominance, investor sentiment, and applications to international economics.
Together with his wonderful wife, Alina, he re-discovers the beauty of simple things, guided by their adorable and spirited toddler, Kate, and supervised by their rescued pets: Messi (the dog) and Fiona (the cat).