Charity-Joy Acchiardo is Director of the Office of Economic Education and Lecturer of Economics at the University of Arizona. She understands that many people perceive the study of economics as uninteresting and disconnected to the realities of their everyday lives. But she also knows that isn’t true. She gets her students actively engaged in observing their own worlds and solving the puzzles they find there. She is a frequent speaker at teaching workshops across North America and Europe where she shares tips for making economics come alive for students. She is the creator of econshark.com, a website highlighting the economics of Shark Tank and the editor of Dystopia and Economics: A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies, a new title to be released by Routledge in 2017. Dr. Acchiardo has an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.