Adjunct Faculty


Diana MossDiana L. Moss

PhD Economics, Colorado School of Mines
President, American Antitrust Institute

Diana Moss became the President of the American Antitrust Institute in January 2015. An economist, Dr. Moss has developed and expanded AAI's advocacy channels and strategies, and strengthened communications with enforcers, Congress, other advocacy groups, and the media. Her work spans both antitrust and regulation, with industry expertise in electricity, petroleum, agriculture, airlines, telecommunications, and healthcare. Before joining AAI, Dr. Moss was a senior staff economist at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where she coordinated competition analysis for electricity mergers. From 1989 to 1994, she consulted in private practice in the areas of regulation and antitrust at the National Economic Research Associates and Putnam Hayes and Bartlett. Dr. Moss has spoken widely on various topics on antitrust and regulation, testified before Congress, appeared before state and federal regulatory commissions, and made numerous radio and television appearances. She has published articles in a number of economic and legal academic journals, including: American Economic Review, Journal of Industrial Organization, the Energy Law Journal, and the Antitrust Bulletin. She is editor of Network Access, Regulation and Antitrust (2005). Dr. Moss is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a MA degree from the University of Denver and a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. Email:

Affiliated Faculty


Sara Avila ForcadaSara Avila Forcada

Instructor, Department of Economics & Continuing Education 


Sara Avila is an economics instructor with almost two decades of experience teaching in public and private universities. Her research interests are in the fields of environmental and urban economics. She has worked on topics related to air quality, climate change, urban transportation, and biodiversity conservation. She is always learning about better methods to communicate and teach. She is passionate about building understanding in a diverse environment, and she uses online teaching as a tool to achieve this goal.


AlpnaBhatiaAlpna Bhatia

Instructor, Department of Economics & Continuing Education 


Dr. Alpna Bhatia (Dr. B) has a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her areas of academic research and interest include (but are not limited to) gender issues, sustainable development, and teaching methodology. She has been learning and teaching for around twenty years. Outside of class, Dr. B is the chief experimenter in her kitchen, master list maker, and occasional killer of plants. 



Matthew G. BurgessMatthew G. Burgess

Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies Program, Department of Economics

Matthew Burgess is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, with a courtesy appointment in Economics. His research focuses on natural resource management, endangered species conservation, and issues in global sustainability. He uses a combination of mathematical and computer modeling, data synthesis, and collaboration with stakeholders, in order to make conceptual advances and link them to practice. 


Karen GebhardtKaren Gebhardt

Professor of Economics Pedagogical Practice
Director of the Online Economics Program

Karen Gebhardt's research focuses on using learning analytics to improve student learning outcomes in economics education with an emphasis on improving grades and completion rates in online courses. She is an early adopter of technology in the classroom and advocates strongly for it because she sees the difference it makes in student engagement and learning. In her free time, Karen enjoys rock climbing and traveling in the Colorado Rockies and beyond. 
Office: ECON 04D • 303.492.2493


Kremena Platikanova-GrossKremena Platikanova-Gross



Kremena Platikanova-Gross has a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado since 2006. Her research interests are in the fields of Econometrics and International Trade. She teaches undergraduate classes in Econometrics.