Originally from Naperville, Illinois, Prof. Gourley earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation he moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and taught English at Pannasastra University. After serving as a research assistant in 2011 under Prof. Werner Baer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he began graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2016 he was awarded a Ph.D. in economics and began as a professor at the University of New Haven.
Prof. Gourley's research examines the world around us, from how resource booms influence crime to the impact of economic growth on Green Party electoral success. Always interested in pursuing engaging questions, his research cuts across traditional economic subfields. In the classroom Professor Gourley has taught many courses and always tries to link current events with economic theory.