H-E-B School of Business & Administration Dr. Shishu Zhang

Nürşen Albayrak Zanca, Ph.D.

Economics Coordinator

Phone: 210-829-3178
Office: GB 226
CPO: 463

Research Foci: 
Economic Development; Economics & Peace; Meta-Analysis; Economic Literacy

Hobbies & Interests: 
Animal rescue volunteer


  • Academic Background 

    Ph.D. in Economics, Leicester University, England

  • Personal Background

    I completed my education in England. I have international and inter-faith background.

    I am an Economist dedicated to economics, peace and good governance. I teach university-level economics classes with large groups of international students. I am, therefore, in a unique position to reach a diverse group of international students. I use this privileged position to facilitate positive changes among young minds―and thereby plant seeds of peace.

    I constantly question myself with, "What new peace initiative can I start in my own classes?"

    "How can I challenge these young minds to become active peace promoters?"

    My new project involves putting peace into economics curriculum. I have recently created a new Certificate Program in “Economics, Peace & Conflict Resolution.”

  • Hobbies & Interests

    My volunteer work targets local animal shelters. I am an active participant for animal rescue in San Antonio. 

    In addition to my home town, whenever I travel (the US or abroad), I always find time for the local shelter(s) where I visit for personal holiday or business travel.

    I have volunteered at animal shelters in, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Pittsburgh, New York, Washington DC., Istanbul, London, Cozumel, Port-au-Prince, Vevey and Vienna.

    As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a neighborhood can be measured by how it treats animals.”

  • Courses Taught 

    Principles of Macroeconomics

    Principles of Microeconomics

    Managerial Economics


    Economic Development

    Analyzing Economic Data

    Math for Economists

    Quantitative Business Methods

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions 

    Zanca, N. A. (2016-17). “Peace Through Commerce and Peace Through Education” (under review) Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture.

    Zanca, N. A. (2016-17). “The Economic Value of Peace to the World: An Economist’s Perspective” (under review) The Exchange.

    Zanca, N. A. (2017). “Time as an Economic Resource: Scarce and Unequal” Paper Presentation at the 28th Economics Teaching Conference at Robert Morris University, February 2017.

    Zanca, N. A. (2016). “Putting Peace into UG Economics Curriculum” Journal of Business and Economics ISSN 2155-7950, Fall 2016

    Zanca, N. A. (2015). “Lecture vs. Experiments in Economics Learning: A META Analysis from Journal of Economic Education (1969 to 2015)” Financial Education Association (FEA), 16th Annual Conference,  Received Best Paper Award.

    Piazolo, M. & Zanca, N. A. (2011). “Medical Tourism-A Case Study for the USA and India, Germany and Hungary” Journal of Applied Sciences, Volume 8, Issue Number 1.

  • Work Experience 

    Professor of Economics, UIW (2017 – present)

    Associate Professor of Economics, UIW (2006 – 2017)

    Research Associate, UTHSC-SA (2000 – 2001)

    Visiting Professor in Economics, Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland (1999 – 2000)

    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Harper Adams, England (1996 – 1998)

  • Professional Memberships

    Forum for Economists International (2016)

    Economists for Peace and Security (2014)

    Missouri Valley of Economic Association (MVEA) (2014)

    Rotary International (2014)

    American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2011)

    The Humane Society of United States (HSUS) (2011)

    The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) (2011)

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