Trevor Grant, senior in economics, gave a paper in one of the
undergraduate paper sessions of the Midwest Economics Association in
April. He is the first Illinois State economics major to do so. His
paper is an application of conflict theory to the war in the Zhari
District of Afghanistan. Trevor serves in the National Guard as a medic
and was deployed in September 2008 for overseas duty. He used his down
time during his year of service to read extensively in war and defense
economics, finally settling on conflict theory as the topic for his
capstone paper in economics. His paper concludes that so long as the upper echelon Taliban support the Zhari District Taliban and NATO
supports the Afghan National Police, it is income maximizing for both
sides to continue to fight indefinitely. Trevor has recently learned
that he placed third among all of the strong undergraduate papers that
were presented at the conference.
Trevor entered Illinois State in 2002 and has supported himself ever since by working forty hour weeks while going to school. He will graduate in May 2010 and has plans to pursue graduate work in economics or finance.