Acting Department Chair
Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D. Economics, George Mason University 2007
M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance, Notre Dame de Namurs University 2002
B.A. French Literature, UCLA 1989
Colleen Haight joined the Economics Department at SJSU in January of 2006 and currently serves as the department chair. Dr. Haight teaches a wide variety of course at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She also frequently teaches seminars for various economics education programs. Dr. Haight’s research is currently focused on the exploration of the business regulatory environment. She has also written on taxation, the economics of religion and Fair Trade.
In addition to her work in the Economics Department, Dr. Haight is currently Acting Chair in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
Prior to joining the academic world, Dr. Haight worked in both software development and the airline industry before returning to school to pursue her M.B.A. and doctorate. She has served on the boards of directors (one as board chair) for two mid-sized non-profit enterprises that serve the needs of the elderly in her community. She is a skilled manager with a history of achievement in process improvement and strategy development and implementation in the academic, commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
SJSU Economics: http://www.sjsu.edu/economics/
SJSU Urban and Regional Planning: http://www.sjsu.edu/urbanplanning/