Dr. Peggy Douglas received her BA, M.S., and Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Tennessee. She has had a dual career in college teaching (economics, peace studies, and sociology), as well as, serving as a community and economic development consultant. Her educational pedagogy was significantly influenced by her experience working with two rather famous "popular" educators, Paulo Freire from Brazil and Myles Horton from the Highlander Folk School. Both were engaged in an adult form of education that centered on helping oppressed people create social and economic change in their communities. Dr. Douglas's publications and professional research have focused on environmental, economic and social justice which allowed her to teach and work in Appalachian and Latin American colleges such as the University of Tennessee, Antioch College, Livingstone College, and the University of Londrina in Brazil. She has been teaching college, both online and on-ground for over thirty years. Dr. Douglas teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Economics at UTC.
Eric James Kruger works as an international management consultant. For the past few years, he has been the lead international management consultant for Volkswagen Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He serves on the Board of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council, as well as on the Mayor of Chattanooga’s Violence Reduction Initiative. Mr. Kruger has worked for the United Nations, the InterAmerican Development Bank and for multinational corporations such as Johnson and Johnson, Heineken and Volkswagen; not-for-profit organizations, such as the Siskin Hospital for Children and the East Harlem Community Association; the World Trade Group of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and in private consulting. He has extensive experience in economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He holds degrees in international economics from the London School of Economics, University College, London and the Graduate Faculty of the New School University in New York. Mr. Kruger has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in international business, public policy economics, and business at Columbia, Cornell and New York Universities. He is the author of several books and articles on international business and political economy and cross-cultural communication. Mr. Kruger teaches Principles of Macroeconomics at UTC.