Marta Podemska-Mikluch


Assistant Professor in Economics and Management

Marta Podemska-Mikluch is among the most recent additions to the E/M department. She joined the Gustavus community as an Assistant Professor of Economics after spending the last two years at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Marta completed her Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University in 2012; she also holds an M.S. in Applied Economics and a B.A. in Political Science, both from St. Cloud State University.

Marta’s research interests lie at the intersection of public choice, entrepreneurship, and economic history.  She currently works on a project analyzing the emergence and collapse of the consensual political system in the Kingdom of Poland.  

Teaching at a liberal arts college has inspired her to also conduct research on economic pedagogy. She believes using mass media and pop culture references allows students to use what they already know to understand economics and to internalize the economic way of thinking. Her favorite in this regard is the popular series of books about the underage wizard, Harry Potter. As it turns out, wizards too must deal with scarcity.  

To learn more about Marta's research go to SSRN.

Marta is a native of Poland, owns three cats, and moved to Saint Peter with her husband Luke, for whom this is a happy return to the land of 10,000 lakes. Luke grew up in Saint Anthony, MN and is glad to be reunited with the snow blower after six years of living in the less snowy parts of the country. Luke is an IT consultant, specializing in big data and cloud computing.


Ph.D. in Economics George Mason University 2012, M.S. in Applied Economics St. Cloud State University 2008, B.A. in Political Science St. Cloud State University 2006

Courses Taught


E/M-102 (Principles of Microeconomics) and E/M-385 (Public Finance)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
E/M-102Principles of Microeconomics22014/FA
E/M-382Intermed Microecon12015/SP
E/M-244ST:Health Care Econ12015/SP
E/M-273Hist Economic Thought12014/FA