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Sean Severe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

Sean Severe received bachelor’s of arts in economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Gonzaga University in 2006 and his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2011 while studying how banking competition affects the potency of monetary policy. He was hired at Drake University as an assistant professor of economics in 2011 and became an associate professor in 2017.  His research focuses on banking competition, failure, and lending outcomes.  He teaches principles of macroeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and introduction to econometrics.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4026
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Oregon
  • M.S., Economics, University of Oregon
  • B.A., Economics, Gonzaga University

Areas of Expertise

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Econometrics
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.