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Vange OcasioVange Ocasio

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4213
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall 310 F

Prior to pursuing a graduate degree, Dr. Ocasio worked at OFFITBANK, a wealth management firm in New York City.  Her doctoral training includes specializations in International Trade, Economic Development and Monetary Theory and Finance. Her main research focus is in the area of development finance, human development and food insecurity in developing countries. Dr. Ocasio’s recent research endeavors include the study of credit in pre-capitalist societies and food insecurity in Bangladesh. She established and is the faculty advisor for Whitworth’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics.


  • Ph.D. in economics, Colorado State University
  • M.A. in economics, Colorado State University
  • B.A. Binghamton University
  • Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA), Candidate

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Applied microeconomics, economic development, financial economics, environmental economics, sustainability, international trade, fluent in Spanish

Professional history:


Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Selected Publications:

Ocasio, Vange Mariet, "Financing Village Enterprises in Rural Bangladesh: What Determines Non-Farm Revenue Growth?" International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 15 No. 1 (2016): pp. 76-94

Ocasio, Vange Mariet, "Rural Finance Schemes Miss the Target: An Empirical Analysis of Gender and Social Inequality Effects", Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Volume 18(6), 2016.

Ocasio, Vange (co-authored), "Near Nature, Near Perfect, Economically Stable" Journal of Business, 30th Anniversary Issue (2016)

Ocasio, Vange, Op-Ed, "Education key, but state funds lag" Spokesman Review, March 21, 2015.


  • Appointed to the Spokane YWCA’s Board of Directors, January 2018-present
  • Latina Leader of the Year, Latino Hope Foundation, 2016
  • Appointed to the League of Education Voters (LEV) Board of Directors, December 2014-present
  • Appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs(MACMA), City of Spokane, 2014-present.

Awards and recognitions:

  • Received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from Colorado State University (2007).
  • Awarded a $10k In-Absentia Fellowship at the American Institute for Economic Research and a $5k Roy Anderson Foulke Graduate Scholarship and a Dissertation Fellowship at Loyola University Maryland.