Dr. Geri Mason is an Associate Professor of Economics at Seattle Pacific University. She studied Development Economics and Health & Labor Economics at the University of Hawaii, earning her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation explored the economics of microfinance, with a regional emphasis on rural China. Her subsequent research, focusing on microfinance institutions, non-government organizations, and donor behavior, has been published in journals including World Development and Voluntas. She specializes in the economics of microfinance and poverty. Dr. Mason teaches on poverty in undergraduate seminars and upper-division Economics courses and is responsible for poverty alleviation curriculum development in the Economics major in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.