About Me

Education must inspire the faith that each of us has both the power and the responsibility to effect positive change on a global scale. - Daisaku Ikeda


I am a native of Germany, living in Santa Cruz. I have been teaching Economics courses at De Anza College since 2010. In addition to my passion for conveying the economic concepts to students we also explore current events and connect them to economic principles. I encourage students to collaborate and discover economics in and beyond the classroom and in their daily decision-making processes.

I am actively involved in the Environmental Sustainability and Global Citizenship (ESGC) Committee, and am currently engaged in a collaborative research project on Environmental Economics issues (fellowship) with Stanford University. I have also served on the Academic Senate and the DARE Committee at De Anza for several years.

I deeply care about the well-being of all students and strife to guide and open their potential towards authenticity and success.

Classes I Teach

Spring 2019

43289ECON 11Principles of Macroeconomics
00573ECON 16Principles of Macroeconomics
46344ECON 1H1Principles of Macroeconomics - HONORS
46345ECON 1H6Principles of Macroeconomics - HONORS
00586ECON 23Principles of Microeconomics
45967ECON 265ZPrinciples of Microeconomics
44946ECON 266ZPrinciples of Microeconomics
46346ECON 2H3Principles of Microeconomics - HONORS

Winter 2019

35644ECON 11Principles of Macroeconomics
30008ECON 16SPrinciples of Macroeconomics
36068ECON 1H1HPrinciples of Macroeconomics - HONORS
36067ECON 1H6SHPrinciples of Macroeconomics - HONORS
00595ECON 26Principles of Microeconomics
34931ECON 266ZPrinciples of Microeconomics
36066ECON 2H6HPrinciples of Microeconomics - HONORS

Faculty Info

Campus Turtle

Monika Thomas




Bldg. F2, room 21-U


  • B.A. Global Economics UCSC
  • M.A. International Economics UCSC
  • Ph.D.Candidate International Economics UCSC

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By Appointment, Before and After Classes

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