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Maria Zhu

Maria Zhu

Contact Information:


426 Eggers Hall

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 by appointment
In person or Zoom

Staff Support:

Zia Jackson


Maria Zhu

Assistant Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

ECN 495.001 Distinction Thesis Seminar in Economics I, Monday & Wednesday 3:45-5:05, Eggers Hall 040

ECN 751.001 Labor Economics I, Monday 12:45-3:45, Eggers Hall 112

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Duke University, 2019 


Maria Zhu is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research.

Her research interests include labor economics and the economics of education. She has worked on projects looking at affirmative action, social networks in the labor market, and instructor quality in higher education. Prior to completing a Ph.D., she studied mathematics and economics at Pomona College. Maria received a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in 2019.

Zhu was awarded the Ralph E. Montonna Endowed Fund for the Teaching and Education of Undergraduates for 2023-24 academic year.

Areas of Expertise

Labor economics, economics of education