PERI Ph.D. Fellows

Rania Al-Bawwab headshotRania Al-Bawwab

Rania is a second-year Ph.D. student in economics at Middle Tennessee State University. Rania earned her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at University of Jordan and her M.Sc. in Agriculture at Jordan University of science and Technology. She received her M.B.A. and M.A. in economics at Troy University. Rania’s research interests include public choice, Austrian economics, political economy, Islamic finance, and Islamic economics. Rania’s native language is Arabic, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and writing. She has published a collection of short stories in Arabic titled The Promise.


Zeynep BeyhanZeynep Beyhan - Visiting PERI Ph.D. Fellow

Zeynep is a third -year Ph.D. candidate in economics at University of Macerata (Italy). She is currently a Visiting Ph.D. Fellow in the Political Economy Research Institute at MTSU (U.S.). She earned her bachelor’s degree and her M.A in economics at University of Uludağ (Turkey). Zeynep also did internships at Central Bank of Turkey, The Ministery Economy of Turkey, The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, and the Office of the Commercial Counsellor in Italy. Zeynep’s main research interests include Sustainable Development, Regional Political Risk and International Political Economy. In addition to her native Turkish, she speaks English and Italian.


placeholderEmilia Suggs - PERI Ph.D. Summer Fellow

Emilia Suggs is a third-year Ph.D. student at Middle Tennessee State University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Middle Tennessee State University, minoring in Philosophy and Applied Mathematics.  She earned her M.A. in Economics while studying at MTSU in 2019.  Emilia’s research interests include political competition, voting system design, and epistemological influences on economic thought.


placeholderProtik Nandy - PERI Ph.D. Summer Fellow

Protik is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in economics at Middle Tennessee State University, and will be on the 2019-2020 job market. His main field is microeconomics. Protik’s research interest includes public choice, political economy, institutional problems and voting behavior. He is originally from India. In his free time Protik likes to backpack and read about world history. His passion for teaching is a continual learning process and has been beneficial in all facets of his life. Protik likes listening to political debates and playing cricket. 



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