John Korsak

John Korsak, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
(978) 934-2780
Health & Social Sciences Building 460


Applied Microeconomics, Game Theory, and Entrepreneurial Decision Making


  • Ph.D. Economics, Clark University
  • M.A. Economics, Clark University
  • B.A. Economics and Philosophy, Boston College


John Korsak graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, and then earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University. Korsak began his career working on Political campaigns across Massachusetts. His work as comptroller and database developer led him to take a senior position in technical support at a local software company in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he was promoted to Product Marketing Manager for one the company's product lines. After leaving the software company, Korsak worked for an elder services non-profit in Somerville, Massachusetts as a software developer, business analyst, and training manager. While at the non-profit, he had the opportunity to develop and teach classes in software and business processes, as well as statistics at Wheelock College.

While working at the non-profit, Korsak decided to teach full time, transitioning to a career in higher education. He has held teaching positions at Wheelock College in Boston, Babson College in Wellesley, and at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has taught the following classes:
  • Principles of Microeconomics (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Managing in a Competitive Environment: Microeconomics
  • Game Theory (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Entrepreneurial Economics (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Economics of Daily Life
  • Statistics for Behavioral Scientists
  • Statistics and Probability

Korsak sees economics as a discipline that touches on many aspects of our daily lives and enjoys discussing how economics helps us understand our decisions, hopefully leading to better outcomes. His areas of interest lie in statistical measurement, behavioral economics, game theory, poverty mitigation, and entrepreneurial decision making.

In his spare time, Korsak likes to putter around his woodshop doing small projects. He also likes to spend time outdoors - camping, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, or merely meandering around. When he cannot get outdoors, he enjoys a good story driven video game (lots of economics goes into making an engaging game) or reading in the hammock.