Hart Hodges is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Western Washington University and Director of Western's Center for Economic and Business Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1994 from the University of Washington. Hart taught economics from 1993-1995 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and then served as the natural resource damage assessment economist for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He also spent several years working with an economic consulting firm in Alaska. He joined the faculty at Western in the Fall of 2000. His research interests include natural resource and environmental economics, health economics, and applied business economics. Hart is a member of the Northwest Workforce Council board and works with a variety of businesses and public agencies serving the mission of the Center for Economic and Business Research.