Nathaniel Burke is an assistant professor in the economics department at West Virginia University's John C. Chambers College of Business and Economics. Nathaniel's primary research fields are behavioral economics and education with a special interest in using experiments and the economics of identity. He looks at the ways policies have identity-differing impacts on minorities in the education process and the ways that identity impacts rational behavior and decision-making in both lab and field experimental settings. Nathaniel is currently a James Buchanan faculty fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Nathaniel is also a first-generation college graduate.
Nathaniel did his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas and received his M. S. in Resource and Applied Economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Nathaniel did his B.A. in Economics at Manhattan College in NYC where he was also a D1 Track and Field athlete. Prior to entering his Master's degree program, Nathaniel spent 5 years in the Army on active duty and received an honorable discharge in 2016. While in the military, Nathaniel received an A.A.S in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College and a Linguistic Certification in Korean linguistics from the Defense Language Institute - Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, CA.
Nathaniel's cultural background is Afro-Puerto Rican. His family is primarily focused in the northeast in the NY/PA area with much of his family still living in Puerto Rico. Nathaniel is also an alumni member of the Kappa Omega Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a historically Black cultural fraternity.
When Nathaniel is not working on research or teaching, he enjoys game nights with his family, walking his dog around Morgantown, hiking, biking, and running. He also likes coding new experimental games in Python, gaming with his brother, and engaging with low-income/marginalized students as a tutor and mentor.
Nathaniel lives in Morgantown, WV with his wife, son, dog, and cat.