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Karol Gil-Vasquez

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Gil-Vasquez joined the Nichols faculty after earning her PhD in Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During her doctoral studies, she participated in a number of research projects related to Hispanic immigration and community development. While working at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, she was part of the research team that designed the 2013 Hispanic Needs Assessment. The 2013 Hispanic Needs Assessment analyzed the living condition of the Hispanic population in the Kansas City urban area. In addition to her community involvement, Dr. Gil-Vasquez has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her master thesis was published as a monograph in 2007.

Professor Gil-Vasquez currently teaches the following classes:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Inflation, Employment, and Income

Research Interests

  • Institutional Economics
  • The Anthropology of Money
  • Economic History
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Latin American Studies—Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Mexico’s Economic History
  • The Political Economy of Organized Crime

Dr. Gil-Vasquez has published articles in a number of journals, including:

  • “A Pluralist Alternative: Mexican Women, Migration, and Regional Development. 2011. American Journal of Economic and Sociology. 70:3.
  • “Remesas, Desarrollo Regional y Política de Empleo en México, 2009. Revista Economía Informa. Facultad de Economía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • “The Rise of Money Manager Capitalism within a World System: The Case of Mexico and the United States.” 2010. Oeconomicus, Vol. 11. El Paso: Immigration, Social Networks and the Labor Market of Mexican Migrants: Mexican Migration in the United States. 2008. Verlang: VDM Verlag. Saarbrucken, Germany.


Dr. Gil-Vasquez enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, and exercising. She loves social gatherings and travelling around the world with her husband and daughter Valentina.