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About Samia Islam

Dr. Samia Islam received her Ph.D. in economics from the West Virginia University in 2004, with specialties in urban and regional economics and public finance. She also has a Master of Social Science and a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Islam joined the Department of Economics in the fall of 2004. Before coming to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. degree, Dr. Islam served as a research assistant at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and later at Power and Participation Research Center (PPRC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh . She also writes commentaries on socio-economic issues for her hometown newspapers, The Daily Star and The New Age.
Dr. Islam's primary research interests relate to regional economies and regional development issues, transportation investment and public finance.


August 2004 - Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Economics
August 2003 - July 2004 Research Assistant, West Virginia University ‐ Regional Research Institute
1999 - 2001 Research Assistant, West Virginia University ‐ Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • COBE Best Research Poster Award, Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference, Boise State University, 2008-2010
  • College of Business and Economics Summer Research Grant 2009, 2010
  • REU- EPSCoR Undergraduate Research grant (NSF)
  • Faculty Mentor, McNair Scholars Program
  • Dadisman Fellowship, 2002-2004
  • Kaiser Best Doctoral Student Award, 2003


  • Urban Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Public Finance


2004 Ph.D. - Economics, West Virginia University
1998 M.S.S. - Economics, University of Dhaka
1996 B.S.S. - Economics, University of Dhaka

Contact Information

Department of Economics
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1620
(208) 426-1042

Articles (11)

Presentations (1)