About Me

Education must inspire the faith that each of us has both the power and the responsibility to effect positive change on a global scale. - Daisaku Ikeda


I am a native of Germany, living in Santa Cruz. I have been teaching Economics courses at De Anza College since 2010. In addition to my passion for conveying the economic concepts to students we also explore current events and connect them to economic principles. I encourage students to collaborate and discover economics in and beyond the classroom and in their daily decision-making processes.

I am actively involved in the Environmental Sustainability and Global Citizenship (ESGC) Committee, and am currently engaged in a collaborative research project on Environmental Economics issues (fellowship) with Stanford University. I have also served on the Academic Senate and the DARE Committee at De Anza for several years.

I deeply care about the well-being of all students and strife to guide and open their potential towards authenticity and success.

Classes I Teach

Winter 2023

32958ECON 104YPrinciples of Macroeconomics
35644ECON 150ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
37026ECON 203YPrinciples of Microeconomics
34931ECON 252ZPrinciples of Microeconomics
37422ECON 350ZEnvironmental Economics

Fall 2022

24092ECON 150ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
25851ECON 157ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
27411ECON 1H50ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics - HONORS
00654ECON 251ZPrinciples of Microeconomics
27412ECON 2H51ZPrinciples of Microeconomics - HONORS
26430ECON 350ZEnvironmental Economics
27413ECON 3H50ZEnvironmental Economics - HONORS

Faculty Info

Campus Turtle

Monika Thomas




Bldg. F2, room 21-U


  • B.A. Global Economics UCSC
  • M.A. International Economics UCSC
  • Ph.D.Candidate International Economics UCSC

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By Appointment, Before and After Classes

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