Course Credits and References


Nicole James

Course Developer Nicole James (BA, MS) is a financial writer with over 20 years of experience researching and writing about marketing, global macroeconomics, labor economics, general finance, corporate finance, financial markets, equities, options, commodities, and currencies. After completing her Masters of Science in Economics and International Finance, she earned her Series 7, 63 FINRA and Series 3, 6 FINRA licenses and worked as an equity trade (risk arbitrage) before becoming a freelance financial writer.

Dana Kristan

Course Instructor

Dana Kristan, with a BA in Sociology and an MA in Public Policy and Education, is an experienced online writing instructor and avid writer, bringing over two decades of teaching expertise to her role. Her knowledge extends into special education, where she specializes in needs assessments and systematic instructional designs, ensuring her teaching methods meet diverse learner needs. Dana's background includes managing educational programs for adults with severe disabilities in New York City. Her interests are diverse, spanning writing, journaling, music, cultural studies, and history, all of which add depth and breadth to her professional and personal endeavors.