Irene Foster

Irene Foster

Assistant Professor of Economics
Hall of Government 323
Phone: 202-994-2318
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Applied Microeconomics, Economic Education



Irene R. Foster received her B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Madras (India), an M.S. in Management from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Her dissertation proposal won the Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition of the Marketing Science Institute and her doctoral thesis received an Honorable Mention from the American Marketing Association. She is a Fellow of the Doctoral Consortium of the American Marketing Association.
Prior to joining GW, Professor Foster taught in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She also taught in the College of Business at Tennessee State University and was Interim Director of the Office of Business and Economic Research there.  Her office managed research projects for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Cummins Filtration, and the Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority among others. Prior to this, Professor Foster spent time away from university teaching, providing consulting services to a number of organizations including the Center for Health Research at TSU & Meharry Medical College, USAID (through CARANA Corp.), and the Sara Lee Corporation, while raising her three children.
Professor Foster enjoys doing applied microeconomic research and marketing research in areas such as pricing, health disparities, health care marketing, corporate social responsibility, workforce diversity and other business-related diversity issues. She has received grants from General Motors Corporation, the United Negro College Fund and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Professor Foster has taught courses in economics, statistics and marketing. She enjoys being an advisor to undergraduates working on research projects and papers. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics at GW.


B.A. and M.A., Univeristy of Madras
Ph.D, Indiana University