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

Summer 2024

12719ECON 153ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
11244ECON 250ZPrinciples of Microeconomics

Spring 2024

45558ECON 102YPrinciples of Macroeconomics
48836ECON 151ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
45964ECON 155ZPrinciples of Macroeconomics
40526ECON 203YPrinciples of Microeconomics
48159ECON 364ZEnvironmental Economics

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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