Dr. Conrad earned the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctorate in economics from Howard University in Washington, DC. In July of 2012, he joined the Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies where he now serves as a Lecturer. Dr. Conrad's areas of specialization include Urban Economics, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Economics of Education and Development Economics.
Prior to assuming his current position at The University of the West Indies, Dr. Conrad served as an Assistant Professor at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland in the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics where he taught Business Statistics, Public Finance, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Economics of Education. Dr. Conrad’s secular appointments prior to becoming an Assistant professor and subsequently Lecturer include; Assistant Manager for Research Education and Technical Assistance at Howard University and Budget Analyst at the Center for Urban Progress also at Howard University. Before working at Howard University, Dr. Conrad held various positions in corporate and nonprofit organizations, including First Citizens Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Price Waterhouse Coopers in Virginia, JPMorganChase in Manhattan, and Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.
Passionate about teaching, Dr. Conrad believes that theory and practice are integrated activities. As such, he tries to demonstrate the practical application of economic models and expose students to real problems facing economists. He also encourages students to take and defend policy positions according to their understanding of formal models and assigned readings. This approach, he believes, promotes independent thinking which is the basic tenet of teaching.
In addition to his ongoing teaching and service efforts, Dr. Conrad devotes substantial time to his research agenda. His research focus, broadly speaking, is examining the role of education in economic growth in developing countries. More specifically, the level-specific effects of education on economic growth. Dr. Conrad has published his research in various peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Developing Areas, The Review of Black Political Economy, and the Journal of Community Development Society. He also serves as a reviewer for a number of Economics Journals.
In his spare time Dr. Conrad enjoys traveling, sampling dishes from other cultures, and listening to classical music.