- Discipline: Economics
- Organization: Utah State University School of Business
Dr. Diana Thomas is an assistant professor of Economics at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. A German native, she earned her Diploma in Business Administration from Fachhochschule Aachen and her BS in Finance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. After gaining some experience as a junior portfolio manager at a mutual fund management company in Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Thomas returned to George Mason University to complete her MA and PhD in Economics. She moved to Utah State University in the Fall of 2009 and has since then primarily taught classes in International Economics.
Dr. Thomas’ research is in the areas of public choice and development economics. In her work, she explores the role political entrepreneurs play in changing the formal and informal institutions that govern economic exchange in society. Dr. Thomas has published papers on the regulation of late medieval German beer markets, informal property rights institutions among taxi cab drivers in Peru, regulation of child care markets, and the role political entrepreneurs play in bringing about institutional change more generally.