Winthrop Economics professor to study in Kosovo

Posted September 24, 2013 2:45 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News


Winthrop University Economics Associate Professor Laura Ullrich will spend spring semester in Kosovo as a Fulbright Scholar.

She will teach economics to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pristina, located in the southeastern European country’s capital city of Pristina. The university has more than 40,000 students.

Ullrich will be a member of the economics department, which has more than 60 faculty, during her stay from February through June.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program is America’s most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program. It annually sends more than 800 faculty and professionals overseas and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Originally from Athens, Ga., Ullrich earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee. Prior to graduate school she worked as a business consultant for Ernst & Young, specializing in executive compensation determination.

Ullrich joined Winthrop’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in 2007 and immediately began to contribute to the campus and the community. She has helped revive the Economics Club, introduced new courses, given policy presentations to regional groups and worked on the recent revision to the M.B.A. curriculum.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Mass., selected Ullrich in 2010 as one of America’s promising state and local tax economists to participate in its new Junior Scholar Program. She received the Wachovia Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008-09, and was selected as the university’s Outstanding Junior Professor in 2011.