About Me:

I am an Economics professor at De Anza College in Cupertino, California and a Lecturer at San Jose State
University where I teach principles of macroeconomics, principles of microeconomics, and intermediate
microeconomics. I also  taught Government/Economics and Advanced Placement Economics at Valley
Christian High School in San Jose, California from 1998-2003 and from 2006-2014. My previous experience
also includes teaching introductory economics as a graduate student at
George Mason University.

I graduated from Santa Teresa High School located in San Jose, California in 1989. I then attended San Jose
State University where I earned a B.A. in Economics (minor in Speech-Communications) in 1995 and an M.A.
in Applied Economics in 1997. While at San Jose State University, I was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and
the Speech and Debate Team. I also served in student government as Interfraternity Council President in 1993.

In August of 2003, after five years of teaching, I decided to go back to school and get my doctorate. In 2010,
I earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where the faculty included
Nobel Prize winners Dr. James Buchanan and Dr. Vernon Smith. I also had the honor of being the student of
Dr. Walter E. Williams. My fields of study were Austrian economics and Public Choice economics.

My father is Assyrian (from Iran) and my mother is from Ecuador. I was born in San Jose, California on
August 23, 1971. I speak Assyrian and Spanish and I have studied some Italian.

I got married on June 29, 2013 to my beautiful wife. She is a public school elementary teacher.

I enjoy traveling and learning about other places and cultures. I have seen most of the United States from our
major cities to the middle of nowhere, especially since I completed a cross-country drive from      
Washington   D.C. to San Jose (going through Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New
Mexico, Arizona,  Nevada, and California) in April 2006.  I have even visited Fairbanks, Alaska.  As for
traveling abroad,  I have been to Canada (Calgary), Mexico (Ensenada), The Bahamas (Nassau), and the
following several countries in Europe on five separate occasions (fall 1997; summers 2001, 2002, 2003; and
winter 2014): Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic,
Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
Dr. Ninos Pierre Malek
Email: ninosmalek@hotmail.com
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