W. Shawn Humphrey

W. Humphrey
  • Associate Professor
  • Economics
  • Academic Degrees

    • B.A., Earlham College
    • M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Welfare and Poverty
    • Pedagogy
    • Microfinance

I am the Blue Collar Professor. For most of the year, you can expect to see dirt under my fingernails. One of my favorite smells is burning biomass. The Ohio River runs through my veins. And, no matter how far I travel, the hills of Kentucky are never too far away. I have a knack for mobilizing global grassroots movements on a shoe-string budget. My pedagogy was forged on the gridiron. Three bullies and a bathroom determined the path of social justice I walk today. And, the best compliment I ever received was from a student who told me that I was “10 pounds of cool in a 5 pound bag.” I am a Tribal Teacher committed to rewilding my students. I am the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, Month of Microfinance, Poverty Action Conference, and La Ceiba Microfinance. And, I am a blogger who explores the Do’s and Don’ts of Doing Good and gives half-time speeches to those looking to make a dent in the world.