I truly enjoy my time in the classroom and I have a genuine passion for relaying advanced economic topics to a lay audience, whether it be undergraduate students, academics in different disciplines, or the community at large.

Independent Instructor


EC 313: Intermediate Macroeconomics
Received Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Economics
The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of Macroeconomic theory and how these principles can be utilized for a diverse range of policy applications. The course is designed to familiarize students with issues that arise in the U.S. economy and to provide students with the analytical skills needed to confront them. The theory portion of the class will culminate with a discussion of the Great Recession and the difficulties that arise when traditional modeling paradigms and policies are applied at the zero lower bound. 
Syllabus for EC 313
   Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

EC 380: International Economics Issues
The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of international trade and finance. The course is designed to familiarize students with both the theory underlying models of international trade as well as applications of said theory to an array of policy issues that are relevant to the modern geopolitical landscape. The course concludes with a brief treatment of international finance, including the determination of exchange rates and an overview of the history of international monetary systems. 
Syllabus for EC 380
  Summer 2015, Fall 2017

EC 320: Introduction to Econometrics
The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of Econometrics. Econometrics is the practice of using economic data to estimate economic relationship, evaluate carefully constructed hypotheses, and to forecast future economic events. In this course, we will first review important statistical methods and then proceed to mathematically and computationally undertake regression analysis. While this course is heavily based in theory, we will continually relate what we learn to real world topics while gaining experience using data to answer economic questions. 
Syllabus for EC 320
   Summer 2017

Student Comments

Tristan is by far the most approachable and passionate instructor I’ve had the pleasure of studying under at the University. The rapport he has with the class and his matter-of-fact way of explaining the content really help in maintaining interest AND comprehension levels even toward the end of the term; furthermore, Tristan truly is passionate about the field and is always available outside of class if you ever want to talk with him about any questions during the class or the possibility of pursuing a future in the field.
— EC 313: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Spring 2017
Absolutely amazing teacher, always engaging, always incredibly knowledgeable yet very respectful. Honestly, I had fun coming to this class and still managed to learn more than pretty much all of my economics courses beforehand.
— EC 313: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Spring 2016
Tristan is not only the best economics teacher I’ve ever had, but one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. He clearly puts significant effort into this course and explains things very clearly, is always willing to help, and genuinely cares that we as students understand the material.
— EC 313: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Winter 2017
By far the best teacher I’ve had at the U of O. For the first time since I started at the U of O, I feel like I got my money’s worth for a class. I came out of class more knowledgeable on the study of economics and am able to engage in real world material with a better understanding of how the economy works. The only area for possible improvement is that the University should allow Tristan to teach more classes in the economics department. I feel the student body as a whole would benefit greatly from his teaching and work ethic.
— EC 380: International Trade and Finance, Summer 2015

Teaching Assistant

EC 418: Further Exposition
-Responsible for managing teams of undergraduates tasked with applying economic and econometric analysis to problems facing local governments and non-profits. Projects included cost-benefit analysis of increased bed tax in a major coastal Oregon city, evaluation of neighborhood watch programs as a crime deterrent for a local police department, among other projects.

EC 201: Principles of Microeconomics
EC 311: Intermediate Microeconomics
EC 327: Introduction to Game Theory
EC 410: Political Economy
EC 418: Economic Analysis of Community Issues