ACRE: Our People



David Mitchell, Ph.D.


Dr. Mitchell earned his B.S. and M.A. in Economics from Clemson University. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University. While at George Mason, he had the pleasure of studying under two Nobel Laureates: James Buchanan and Vernon Smith. Prior to earning his PhD, he worked in the insurance industry in both the United States and Germany. Before starting at UCA, he taught at St. Mary’s College of California, Washington and Lee University, and the University of South Alabama. At the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Mitchell teaches Principles of Economics, Public Finance, and Econometrics. His research interests include state level public finance, and entrepreneurship policy. He has published in the Journal of Economic Education, the Cato Journal, Forbes, and the Southern Economic Journal. He and his family live in Little Rock.

Program Manager

ChristyHorpedahlChristy Horpedahl, M.S.

Christy Horpedahl is the Program Manager at the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics and teaches part-time at the University of Central Arkansas’ Norbert O. Schedler Honors College. Prior to coming to UCA, Ms. Horpedahl taught as an adjunct professor at Buena Vista University (BVU) in Storm Lake, IA. She was a faculty member in the BVU’s Gender and Women’s Studies program and has lectured numerous times on the causes of the gender pay gap. She has taught courses on censorship; utopias, dystopias, and intentional communities; and the lives and works of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Ms. Horpedahl received her Masters of Social Science from the University of Chicago with a focus on the intersection of economics and psychology. Her undergraduate degree is from the renowned “Great Books” school, St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. She lives in Conway with her husband, son, cat, and books.

Research & Program Assistant

StaffPhoto4Terra Aquia, B.A.

Terra Aquia is a Tennessee native now living in Conway, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in the spring of 2016 with a BA in history and a minor in anthropology. While an undergrad at UCA, she was an ACRE student research fellow, an executive officer in her sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda, and a Torreyson library student worker. Her research is on legal and economic history with a focus on the creation and evolution of laws. Her most recent work examines the origin, implementation, and subsequent changes to Arkansas’ Revenue Stabilization Act.

Policy Analysts

BundrickJacob Bundrick, M.S.

Jacob Bundrick a native of northwest Arkansas, is a policy analyst with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. His research spans public finance, financial economics, and economic development.
Bundrick’s research has been published in International Advances in Economic Research and his articles have been featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Business, Talk Business and Politics, The City Wire, and the Jonesboro Sun. He has also been a guest speaker on the Paul Harrell Program where he discussed the Arkansas Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund and other related Arkansas economic issues. Bundrick earned a BBA in Economics from the University of Central Arkansas, where he received a scholarship to play football for the UCA Bears, and a MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Bundrick lives in Conway, AR.

StaffPhoto13Mavuto Kalulu, Ph.D.

Mavuto Kalulu is a policy analyst with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. His research interests include K-12 education and public corruption. His work on corruption has been published in the Journal of Development and Communications and his articles on K-12 education have been featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Jonesboro Sun and the Log Cabin. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Lincoln University. He lives in Conway.

ACRE Scholars

JeremyHorpedahlJeremy Horpedahl, Ph.D.

Dr. Horpedahl is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2009, concentrating in public choice, public finance, and economic history. His research has been published in Econ Journal Watch, Constitutional Political Economy, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and Public Finance and Management. Dr. Horpedahl has also published op-eds in a variety of regional and national publications. In addition to his academic publications, several of his policy briefs and papers on favoritism and state tax codes have been published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


DonohewZachary Donohew, Ph.D.

Dr. Zack Donohew is funded by ACRE to work for the Department of Economics, Finance, and Insurance & Risk Management. In addition to being an excellent teacher of both micro and macro, Dr. Donohew is a specialist in environmental economics and water rights in particular. He earned a master’s degree from Yale University, a PhD from University of California Santa Barbara and participated in post-doctoral research at Texas A&M. Dr. Donohew teaches a course in environmental economics that not only covers the traditional material but points out the ways that property rights and entrepreneurship can be extremely effective means for protecting the environment that he loves so much.
Dr. Donohew’s research on water markets has been published in Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Journal of Regional Science. His work on groundwater markets was published by the Conservation Leadership Council.


StaffPhoto5Thomas Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Snyder is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics at Florida State University and a PhD in Economics at Florida International University. At UCA, Dr. Snyder has taught Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Developing Nations, Econometrics, Comparative Economic Systems, and International Trade. His main research interests are economic freedom, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Dr. Snyder has published articles in several journals, including the Journal of Private Enterprise, the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, and the Eastern Economic Journal. He has also served four years as the Resident Master of EPIC Residential College, an entrepreneurship-based program for upper-level students at UCA. Dr. Snyder currently lives in Conway, Arkansas.

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