Kruse named distinguished professor

East Carolina University professor Dr. Jamie Kruse was inducted as the 2012 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor during the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 20.

The professorship is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies commitment to and love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative productivity and professional service.


Kruse is professor of economics and founding director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research. She served as the founding director of the RENCI Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling from 2006 to 2008. Kruse joined ECU in 2004. She is a member of the American Economic Association, Economic Science Association, Southern Economic Association; Society for Risk Analysis, Society of Behavioral Economics and the American Association for Wind Engineering. She serves on the board of editors for two journals: the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, and the Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis.

Kruse has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, has authored more than two dozen reports, and has been a presenter at more than 80 symposiums, conferences and meetings within her field of research, which includes experimental economics, applied microeconomics, industrial organization, risk and mitigation, health economics and wind hazard economics. She has been a primary investigator or Co-PI on research grants totaling almost $20 million: $2.5 million while at ECU.

Kruse was most recently awarded ECU’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and in 2011 was selected as an ECU Women of Distinction Honoree.

She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona, a master’s in agricultural economics from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s in ag honors from the University of Nebraska.

For additional information, contact Kruse at 252-328-5784 or