PERC Staff

Dennis W. Jansen


Dr. Dennis W. Jansen is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University.  He holds the Jeff Montgomery Professorship.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from St. Louis University.  His research has focused on macroeconomics, financial economics, forecasting, and the economics of education.  He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and from various agencies in the state of Texas. He has worked for the Texas Education Agency to study the Texas school finance formula, and to evaluate both the Texas Educator Excellence Grant program and the Texas District Award for Teacher Excellence program.  Professor Jansen was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008, lecturing and conducting research in Ireland.  He has chaired the doctoral dissertations of over forty students who hold jobs in academia, government and business in the U.S. and throughout the world.  He is a regular participant at academic conferences.  At Texas A&M University Dr. Jansen has served in various administrative posts including Department Head, Director of Graduate Programs, and Director of Undergraduate Programs.  Dr. Jansen has held research or teaching positions at the National University of Ireland-Galway, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, North Carolina State University, Korea University, Southwest University of Finance and Economics (China), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Catholic University Leuven, and Maastricht University.  He has published over seventy research papers in professional journals and books, two textbooks, and numerous other writings. Email Dennis at

Dr. Jansen's CV

Somali Ghosh Sinha

Research Specialist II

Somali Ghosh Sinha joined PERC as a Senior Research Associate in the spring of 2022. Somali received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Economics and her Master and Bachelor of Science in economics from Calcutta University. Somali has worked in both in the insurance and technology fields. Previously, she produced risk analysis models used by the USDA, and constructed and developed partial and general equilibrium models in order to analyze different policy scenarios in different countries for various commodities. Using her background in simulation, econometric methods and mathematical programming, she studies the areas of risk management, the futures and options market, policy analysis and international trade. Email Somali at

Ashley Bullock

Executive Assistant III

Ashley has been a part of PERC since summer, 2017.  She is originally from the midwest and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. Mrs. Bullock is responsible for media outreach, event planning and department communications. Email Ashley at