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Oklahoma State University



Department of Economics
Assistant Professor, Spears School of Business

Phone: 405-744-8655

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph D, University of Delaware, Economic Education, 2018
  • MA, Villanova University, History, 2004
  • Other, Millersville University of Penn, Social Studies Education, 1998


  • Laura J. Ahlstrom. (2021). "Promoting Economic Literacy: Combining News Articles and Clicker Questions in a Large Introductory Microeconomics Course". Philadelphia, PA: Journal of Economic Education. 1-9.
  • Laura Ahlstrom. (2020). "Does Advanced Placement Economics Exam Participation and Performance Predict Undergraduate Economics Major Completion?". The American Economist. (66), 1, 110-127.
  • Laura Ahlstrom and Franklin G. Mixon Jr. (2020). "The Private Provision of a Public Good: An Examination of Hollywood’s Adaptation of the Third Servile War". War Movies and Economics: Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflicts.
  • Laura J. Ahlstrom (ed.) and Franklin G Mixon Jr. (ed.). (2020). "War Movies and Economics: Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptations of Military Conflicts ". Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Laura Ahlstrom, Franklin G Mixon Jr., and Kamal P Upadhyaya. (2019). "Exploring Increasing Income Inequality in the U.S.: A Public Choice Approach". Compensation & Benefits Review. (50), 4, 181-188.
  • Laura Ahlstrom and Carlos Asarta. (2019). "The Gender Gap in Undergraduate Economics Course Persistence and Degree Selection". AEA Papers and Proceedings. (109), 255-260.
  • Laura Ahlstrom and Carlos Asarta. (2019). "Navigating the Economics Major: The Effect of Gender on Students' Degree Pathways". New York, NY: Teaching Economics: Perspectives on Innovative Economics Education. 115-136.
  • Laura J. Ahlstrom and Franklin Mixon, Jr.. (2018). "‘Another Day, Another Vlog’: The Alchian-Allen Theorem, Social Media, And Long-Distance Relationships". Perspectives on Economic Education Research. (11), 1, 88-97.
  • Laura Ahlstrom. (2015). "Sweet Potato Pie". St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

  • Oklahoma State University, Assistant Professor, Spears School of Business, August 2018
  • University of Delaware, Dissertation Fellow, August 2017 - June 2018
  • University of Delaware, Graduate Assistant/Graduate Instructor, 2013 - 2017
  • Conestoga High School, Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, Social Studies Teacher, 2001 - 2014
  • University of Delaware, Graduate Assistant, 2012 - 2013
  • Owen J. Roberts, Eastern Lancaster County and Octorara Area School Districts, Social Studies Teacher (Long-Term Substitute), 1998 - 2001