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Dr. Winnie Fung Wan Yi
Academic Head and Associate Professor, Lumina College

  • PhD in Business Economics, Harvard University, USA

  • MA in Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, USA

  • BA in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, USA

Dr. Winnie Fung has taught on microeconomic theory, development economics, health economics, and quantitative research methods, and her research interests focus on poverty alleviation and economic development. 


Dr. Winnie Fung was born and raised in Hong Kong. She did her undergraduate and graduate studies at Harvard University, majoring in applied mathematics and then business economics. Dr. Fung went on to become an assistant and later associate professor of economics at Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts college in the USA, where she earned her MA in biblical studies. She is now an associate professor and academic head at Lumina College, and looks forward to continuing the integration of faith and learning in her teaching and research.

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Honors, grants, and awards (selected)

  • Wheaton College Junior Faculty Achievement Award (2015-17)

  • Wheaton College Aldeen Grant (2011, 12, 15, 17)

  • Wheaton College Faculty Development Grant (2010-17)

  • Institute of International Education and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Travel Fellowship (2013, 15, 16)

  • Wheaton College Faculty Global Research Award (2015)

  • Christian Scholars Foundation Emerging Scholars Network Research Grant (2011)

  • Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education Dissertation Fellowship (2008-10)

  • Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2009-10)

  • Harvard Business School Wyss Doctoral Fellowship (2004-09)

  • Mustard Seed Foundation Harvey Fellowship (2006-09)

  • Chinese Economists Society North American Conference Best Student Paper Award (2008)

  • Harvard University Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics (2006)

Publications (selected)

Fung, Joey, Winnie Fung, Aaron Israel Rosales, Joel Jin, and Ramanda Mallery Pettit (2022). “The Role of Implicit Biases and Explicit Attitudes Toward the Poor in Donation Choices.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, January 2022.

Pettit, Ramanda Mallery, Joel Jin, Aaron Rosales, Winnie Fung, and Joey Fung (2021). "The Role of Attachment to God in Understanding Religiosity and Generosity Among Christian Young Adults." Journal of Psychology and Theology, June 2021.

Fung, Winnie, Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie, Nicole M. Mason, and Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere (2020). "Do Crop Purchase Programs Improve Smallholder Welfare? The Case of Zambia's Food Reserve Agency." Agricultural Economics, vol. 51, p.519-533.


Fung, Winnie and Omar Robles (2016). “Effects of Antenatal Testing Laws on Infant Mortality.” Journal of Health Economics, vol. 45, p.77-90.


Fung, Joey, Winnie Fung, and Paul Lee (2016). “Doing Incarnational Business as Mission: A Case Study in India.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 2, p.118-127.


Fung, Winnie (2016). Review of Development Economics: Theory, Empirical Research, and Policy Analysis by Julie Schaffner. Faith and Economics, no. 67, p.131-140.


Fung, Winnie (2014). Review of The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus. Faith and Economics, no. 63, p.65-71.


Cutler, David, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, Monica Singhal, and Tom Vogl (2010). “Early-Life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol. 2, no. 2, p.72-94.


Fung, Winnie and Wei Ha (2010). “Intergenerational Effects of the 1959-61 China Famine.” In Fuentes-Nieva and Seck (eds.), Risks, Shocks, and Human Development: On the Brink, Palgrave Macmillan, p.222-254.


Desai, Mihir, Dhammika Dharmapala, and Winnie Fung (2007). “Taxation and the Evolution of Aggregate Corporate Ownership Concentration.” In Auerbach, Hines, and Slemrod (eds.), Taxing Corporate Income in the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, p.345-383.

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