I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. I earned a BSc. in Economics from the University of West Indies-Mona and an MA in Economics from the University of Houston. I earned a MSc. and PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.  I am an Associate Professor in the School of Business and the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University where I teach courses in macroeconomics, money and banking, international trade and finance, and economic development.  My research interests are in immigrant integration in small and rural communities, financial literacy in early childhood education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, philanthropy in northern and rural communities, sustainable tourism, and political economy. I am the faculty facilitator for the iLEAD Jamaica Expedition, a field-based consulting experiential learning program for business students.

I am the Chair for the Standing Committee on Northern, Rural and Remote Communities at Pathways to Prosperity, a member of the Ontario Hub for the Canadian Philanthropy Partnership Research Network (PhiLab), and a founding member of the Consortium of Rural and Northern Philanthropy (CORNPhil).

I am also an active member of the North Bay community, volunteering my time with various community organizations including the Nipissing Transition House and the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre. I am also a member of J.O.Y. Band, a community concert band, in which I play trombone.

Office: H121

Telephone: (705) 474-3461 Ext. 4456

Email: natalyab@nipissingu.ca

Mailing Address: 100 College Drive, Box 5002, North Bay Ontario P1B 8L7, Canada

Photo credit: Jos Levesque Photography