Jeff Konz, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics & Director of Institutional Research

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6570
  • 201B Lipinsky Hall

Dr. Konz earned a B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University, a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Konz has taught Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economic Development, Humanities, and Ethics and Social Institutions. His research interests include Post Keynesian macroeconomic theory, the history of economic thought, and ethics and economics. His current research is in the meaning of rationality in economics and in developing a manuscript on the ethics of economics. Prior to becoming the Dean of Social Sciences, Jeff was also the Coordinator of UNC Asheville's program in Ethics and Social Institutions, which combines elements of philosophy, economics, political science, sociology, and other areas. For more information on this program, visit the Ethics and Social Institutions website. In his spare time, Dr. Konz is a singer with Pastyme, a local professional singing group, and the choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls. He also enjoys gardening and spending time with his wife Kate and children Nicholas and Flora.


  • B.A., Iowa State University
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

  • ECON 101 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 350 International Trade and Finance
  • ECON 314 Economic Growth and Development
  • ESI 101 Introduction to Ethics and Social Institutions
  • HUM 324 The Modern World
  • LS 479 Senior Colloquium: Cultivating Citizenship in the Contemporary World