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Megan Silbert

Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Silbert is from Hilton Head, SC. She has chosen to teach at Salem because of the many amazing and inspiring students, the quality and diversity of faculty and the mission of the college. She believes that a women’s college allows for an empowering and transformational educational experience. It opens up numerous leadership opportunities and it has created an exceptional legacy of producing female leaders across many disciplines.

Before coming to Salem she had ten years of experience working with small businesses and social entrepreneurship. She ran a small local business consultancy and served as the director for a business alliance. Internationally, she has worked directly with small and large businesses and she has worked to secure grant funding, coordinate micro-financing, and teach business skills to entrepreneurs in rural settings such as Gujarat, India, and Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.  

She believes that it is important for everyone to have a basic understanding of economics and students who choose to major in economics will gain professional development and skills that are transferable to any discipline and applicable in personal life. Students will receive excellent preparation for many graduate programs in and out of business.  

When she is not teaching, Dr. Silbert enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, Eddie and Patsy.  She also enjoys doing things outdoors including hiking, yoga, cycling, swimming, gardening, meditation, and cooking. 

Favorite Books:
The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers by Robert L. Heilbroner

Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States by Angel Kwolek-Folland

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken and Lovins

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism by Akerlof and Shiller

Favorite Quote:
 “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau


Doctor of Philosophy (major, Food and Resource Economics); University of Florida (2011)
Master of Education (major, Educational Leadership); University of Florida (2001)
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (major