Dr. Petrova graduated with honors from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria with a bachelor’s degree in industrial economics. After graduation, she worked for five years for a small consultancy company specializing in economics consulting in privatization. Although she found her work interesting and challenging, she felt that teaching would present even greater challenges and rewards. With this in mind, she applied to and was accepted into the graduate economics program at Boston College. Dr. Petrova received a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College, specializing in Econometrics and Labor Economics. Dr. Petrova taught at Boston College, Wellesley College and Paul Smith’s College before coming to SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Petrova’s current research interests involve part-time entrepreneurship, motivation and autonomy, and employment growth and workforce development.