Dr. Ninos Pierre Malek
Email: ninosmalek@hotmail.com

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About Me:

I teach principles and intermediate Economics at San Jose State University and De Anza College. I also teach Government/Economics and Advanced Placement Economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California. My previous experience also includes teaching introductory economics at George Mason University.

I hold a B.A. in Economics (minor in Speech-Communications) and an M.A. in Applied Economics from     San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, where the faculty included Nobel Prize winners Dr. James Buchanan and Dr. Vernon Smith.

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 graduated from Santa Teresa High School in 1989. I then attended San Jose State University.

While at San Jose State University, I was a member of
Theta Chi Fraternity, the Speech and Debate Team, and student government as Interfraternity Council President in 1993. I graduated  with my B.A. in 1995.

After graduating from college, I entered  the M.A. program in Applied Economics at San Jose State University. I earned the M.A. in December 1997. After a short time of substitute teaching, I started teaching full-time at Valley Christian High School in San Jose in April 1998. At the beginning of the fall 1999-2000 academic year I also started teaching  economics during the evenings and weekends at San Jose State University and De Anza College. I did this until I left California in August 2003 to pursue the Ph.D. at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During the summer breaks, I would return to California and teach economics at De Anza College. After completing my coursework at GMU, I returned to California permanently in 2006 and began teaching full-time at Valley Christian High School and part-time at San Jose State University and De Anza College while completing my dissertation. In 2010, I earned the Ph.D. in Economics.

I got married in June 2013 and my wife 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, and Nevada) in April 2006.  I also have been to Fairbanks, Alaska.  In addition, 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.