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Brandon Parsons Practitioner Faculty of Economics

Brandon Parsons, PhD, MBA

Practitioner Instructor of Economics
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Parsons has over 15 years of business experience working in a range of industries. Dr. Parsons started his professional career working for McKenna Long & Aldridge, now Dentons. He worked on litigation, corporate, and anti-dumping cases. Subsequently, Dr. Parsons became the managing director at a division of Adecco Staffing overseeing fifty attorneys and its business development. After his time with Concise, he worked for Caterpillar Financial in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Parsons began teaching economics in 2014 and currently teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. Where he teaches managerial economics, macroeconomics, international business, and business integration. Dr. Parsons’ area of research involves how corruption affects economic growth, economic development, exports, and foreign direct investment. He received his BA from University of Southern Indiana, MBA from Pepperdine, and his MA from University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Parsons completed his PhD in Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Parsons is an avid traveler having visited over forty countries and every continent.


  • PhD, Southern Miss, Economic Development

  • MA, University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Economics

  • MBA, Pepperdine University, Finance

  • Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society Membership, BS, University of Southern Indiana Evansville

  • Political Science/History, Alpha Chi and Golden Key National Honor Society Membership