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john rush
By Appointment

John Rush

Associate Professor of Economics

Economics and Community Development

On Faculty Since 2016

Curriculum Vitae

The range of unique issues that can be studied using economics interested me when I was an undergrad in college and fortunately still does! Studying economics helped me think clearly about the world around me. My colleagues and I are committed to teaching while also getting to know our students and helping them toward whatever calling God has in store for them. In turn, our students are committed to expanding their ability to understand and interpret data, events, and situations, making them better able to contribute effectively to communities and businesses. I know that my knowledge deepens from working with them.


  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • MA Economics University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Master of International Management, Whitworth University
  • BA Economics, Whitworth University
  • A.A. Liberal Studies, Columbia College

Interests / Specialization

  • Economic development
  • International economics
  • Natural disasters
  • Economics of Asia

Selected Professional Work

  • “Thinking Christianly About the Economy.” 2021. byFaith, Q3.21, pp.36-41
  • “The Impact of Natural Disasters on Education in Indonesia.” 2018. Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, 2, pp. 137-158. DOI: 10.1007/s41885-017-0022-1
  • “Review of Just Capitalism: A Christian Ethic of Economic Globalization.” 2017. Faith and Economics, 70, pp. 95-99.
  • 2020 (Jan 5th) Guest speaker, Journey Evangelical Church, Westminster, CA
  • 2017 (Nov.) Presented paper, "Economic Rationality, Weakness of Will, and Wisdom" Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings (Tampa, FL)

Get to know your professor

Q. Favorite local spot?
A. The Art District

Q. Favorite food?
A. Italian

Q. What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A. A good cup of Lapsang Souchong tea

Q. Personal Interests/Hobbies
A. Gardening