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Dr. Kara Smith

Dr. Kara Smith

Dr. Kara Mitchell
Assistant Professor of Economics

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  • 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



  • Nominee, Graduate Teaching Award, Jack C. Massey College of Business, The University of Tennessee (2011)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award, The University of Tennessee (2009)



Dr. Kara Smith 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. Smith teaches microeconomics in Belmont's Jack C. Massey College of Business, which she first joined in 2010 as an Adjunct Instructor of Economics.

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Smith 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.