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Dr. Kara Mitchell

Dr. Kara Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Economics

Email: Dr. Kara Mitchell

Dr. Kara Mitchell


Ph.D. - The University of Tennessee, Economics

M.A. - The University of Tennessee, Economics

B.B.A. – Carson-Newman College, Economics and Spanish



Assistant Professor of Economics, Belmont University

Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Economics, The University of Tennessee

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Tennessee

Administrative Budget Analyst, Department of Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee

CBER Publications And Reports

“20th Century Recessions and Effects on Tennessee,” with M. Murray et al., An Economic
Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee, 2009.

“American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” with M. Murray et al., Tennessee
Business and Economic Outlook, Spring 2009.

An Evaluation of the Tennessee Rail Plan’s Treatment of a Trans-Tennessee Rail
Routing with M. Murray et al., Spring 2005.


Nominee, Graduate Teaching Award, College of Business Administration, The University of Tennessee (2011)

Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award, The University of Tennessee (2009)


Dr. Kara Mitchell earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she taught a variety of classes and worked as a research assistant in the Center for Business and Economic Research.  She received her undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College, where she was a Presidential Honor Scholar and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award.  Dr. Mitchell teaches microeconomics in Belmont's College of Business Administration, which she first joined in 2010 as an Adjunct Instructor of Economics.

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Mitchell worked as an Administrative Budget Analyst in the State of Tennessee's Department of Finance and Administration where she assisted with the annual preparation of the state budget.  As a result of that experience, her research focuses on public finance economics, with a particular interest in the economics of state lotteries, state and local taxes, and publicly-funded programs for the poor.