All aspects of my teaching are designed to train students to be engaged and competent participants in economic analysis. My own understanding continuously benefits from their insights. We are all everyday economists and I enjoy the puzzle of translating these powerful concepts for different audiences.

Student Comments

"Kendall did a fantastic job bridging the gap between real world problems and underlying economic theory that we had learned in lower level classes. She was interesting to listen to, gave great feedback, was quickly responsive, and showed tremendous care for her work and students."

"She is an awesome teacher who emphasizes research and up to date information."

"Great teacher, one of the few GE's that can actually teach and make the information interesting. This is the only class that I have taken where I can apply the information to the real world."

"Treated students with great respect."

"Professor Houghton goes above and beyond in every category. She is passionate about what she teaches, she makes difficult concepts clear, and treats everyone fair."

A comprehensive list of student comments can be found here.

Teaching Experience

Independent Instructor

EC 311, Intermediate Microeconomics, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Winter 2021 (scheduled)

EC 340, Issues in Public Economics, Spring 2019

EC 313, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Summer 2017, Spring 2018

Discussion Section Leader​

EC 421, Introduction to Econometrics, Winter 2018

EC 320, Introduction to Econometrics, Fall 2017

EC 607, Graduate Core Macroeconomics, Spring 2017

EC 201, Introduction to Microeconomics, Winter 2016

EC 202, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Fall 2015

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Graduate Teaching, University of Oregon Department of Economics, 2019

Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, University of Oregon Graduate School, 2018

Positive Externality in Economics, University of Montana Department of Economics, 2013


As an independent instructor, my average teaching score is 4.73 out of 5. 

As a discussion section leader, my average teaching score is 4.49 out of 5.

A table with my evaluations for each term can be found here