Staff Directory


Edward M. Feasel, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chief Academic Officer

Dean of Faculty

Professor of Economics

Phone: 949-480-4133

Fax: 949-480-4263


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A., Yale University

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 1998
  • 1996 - 1998, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
  • 1997, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1994 - 1996, Assistant Professor of Economics, George Washington University

Research Interests

  • Economic outcomes and societal values
  • Regional economic issues - Orange County Economy
  • Economic growth; effects of monetary and fiscal policy

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • “Understanding Subjective Well-Being: Economic, Cultural and Institutional Factors” (revise and resubmit), Journal of Development Economics, 2005
  • “The Effects of Productivity on Wages and Prices” (revise and resubmit), Eastern Economic Journal, 2005
  • “Understanding Unemployment across California Counties,” with Mark Rodini, Economic Inquiry, 2002
  • “A VAR Approach to Growth Empirics: Korea,” with Yongbeom Kim, Ministry of Finance, Seoul ,South Korea and Stephen Smith, George Washington University, Review of Development Economics, 2001
  • "Explaining Industry Labor Productivity Movements," Economic Inquiry, 1998
  • “Recession and Recovery In California: 1990-1996,” joint with Andrew Isserman (manuscript), Public Policy Institute of California, 1998
  • “Too Little, Too Late: Interest Rate Cuts, Stimulus Package Just Frosting on Cake When Economy Recovers” (op-ed), The Orange County Register, 2001
  • “The ‘New Economy’: Californians Will Remain in the Forefront as New Technologies Emerge” (op-ed), The Orange County Register, 2000
  • "Understanding Productivity Effects Across Industries," Presentation at the Asian Development Bank, Manilla, Philippines, 2004
  • "Forecast for the US and Orange County Economies," Presentation at the Annual Economic Update Conference, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, 2002

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Principles of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • International Economics
  • Learning Cluster: Financial Crisis
  • Learning Cluster: Local Economic Issues

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Soka Education Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley,1992
  • Graduate Minority Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1989
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1988
  • Dupey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Yale University, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude, Yale University, 1988