Staff

 
 
Jorge Castro
Student Services Advisor I
Office: KAP 307
Email: jacastro@usc.edu
Phone: (213)821-5835
Jorge provides academic counseling on matters of curriculum, course selections, degree requirements, and university policies. Evaluates student problems, academic, administrative, and refers to appropriate student services office for additional counseling.
Karina Chicas
Student Services Advisor I
Office: KAP 302A
Email: kchicas@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-5403
Karina provides academic counseling on matters of curriculum, course selections, degree requirements, and university policies. Evaluates student problems, academic, administrative, and refers to appropriate student services office for additional counseling.
Shannon Durbin
Student Services Advisor I
Office: KAP 300F
Email: sdurbin@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-7525
Shannon provides academic counseling on matters of curriculum, course selections, degree requirements, and university policies. Evaluates student problems, academic, administrative and refers to appropriate student services office for additional counseling.
Young Miller
Office Manager II
Office: KAP 300E
Email: ymiller@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-4595
Young oversees all department administrative operations. Particularly, she is responsible for maintaining class scheduling, department budgets and faculty affairs. Young is also a huge USC Football fan and holds a Master's degree in Liberal Studies from USC.
Farideh Motamedi
Assoc. Director, Institute for Economic Policy Research
Office: KAP 324A
Email: fmotamed@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-3521
Senior Administrator for Center for Applied Financial Economics (CAFÉ), Farideh aids CAFÉ director in the building, improving and promoting  the newly created center, organizing conferences and seminars.
Veronica Pagan
Editor/Writer I
Office: KAP 306F
Email: vpagan@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-6017
Veronica manages the daily editorial processes of the Journal of Applied Econometrics (JAE), liaises with its international panel of co-editors and authors, and coordinates its annual Editorial Committee meetings.  She also assists Professor M. Hashem Pesaran with departmental matters as well as those related to the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE), and the Center for Applied Financial Economics (CAFE).
Fatima Perez
Administrative Assistant II
Office: KAP 300
Email: fcperez@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-8335

Fatima assists the department’s chair and office manager with various administrative tasks, projects and events. She also manages the new department’s website, maintains and updates records, and assists in the graduate student services.

Morgan Ponder
Student Services Advisor II
Office: KAP 300C
Email: ponder@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-3507
Morgan is in charge of all administrative issues for both the MA and PhD programs. He is responsible for graduate admissions, academic advisement and the PhD placement of candidates. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He's currently working towards his doctorate in education at UC San Diego.
Charlotte-Ann Riffey
Administrative Assistant I
Office: KAP 324
Email: csriffey@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-4921
Assistant to Dr. Farideh Motamedi,  Charlotte assists mainly in aspects concerning the organization of events and conferences for the Department of Economics.
Sena Schlessinger
Editor/Writer II, Journal Of Econometrics
Office: KAP 310C
Email: schless@usc.edu
Phone: (213)740-2124
Sena is responsible for assigning and corresponding with the Co-editors, Associate Editors, Authors, and maintaining the Editorial Express online submissions for the Journal of Econometrics.  In addition, she is also the personal secretary to Professor Cheng Hsiao.



  • University of Southern California
  • Department of Economics
  • Phone: (213) 740-8335
  • Department Chair: Geert Ridder (213) 740-7432