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Brian Vander Naald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Vander Naald received a B.A. in Mathematics from Miami University (Ohio), an M.A. in Economics from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon.  Prior to his current position at Drake University, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska.

His research includes using revealed and stated preference non-market valuation techniques to examine topics such as the value of public parks (California), the recreational value of glaciers (Alaska), and recreational value of improved water quality (Iowa). His work has been published in Ecological Economics and Land Economics.  

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2239
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Oregon
  • M.A., Economics, University of Montana
  • B.A., Mathematics, Miami University (Ohio)

Areas of Expertise

  • Public Economics
  • Environmental Economics
July 8, 2018
Robert D. Ray, BN'52, LW'54, died on July 8. Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999.