My name is Azharul Islam, and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) at University of Texas at Dallas. Before joining UT Dallas, I attained a Masters of Arts in Economics from Central Michigan University and Virginia Tech, USA. My research focuses on analyzing the impact of consumer sentiment on macroeconomic variables in the US, including GDP growth, unemployment, inflation expectations, and consumer price indices. I am passionate about exploring the intersection of economics and policy, and I aspire to make meaningful contributions to the macroeconomic field as a researcher.
I am originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I received my undergraduate degree in economics. Despite being physically separated by distance, I enjoy staying connected with my family members and relatives.
Apart from my academic pursuits, I have honed my leadership skills through various community activities and co-curricular events. Currently, I am serving as the EPPS school representative for the UT Dallas Graduate Student Assembly in the 2022-2023 academic year.