- MA Fellow
Derek Thieme grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and received his BA in economics from Carthage College in 2009. During college he enjoyed working with other students who were interested in economics and he helped establish a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics fraternity, at Carthage. Derek became especially interested in macroeconomics during his senior year and he wrote his senior thesis about how events during the Great Depression can help explain the financial crisis of 2008. During the fall of 2009 he went through the Koch Internship Program and was placed at the Mercatus Center, which inspired him to pursue graduate school at George Mason University.