Professor Dennis D. Muraoka is a native Californian and a life long resident of Santa Barbara where he received his primary and secondary education from the local public schools. He attended Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and UC Santa Barbara, ultimately receiving his doctoral degree in economics from UCSB in 1981.
While in graduate school, Dr. Muraoka was employed by the City of Oxnard as an economic analyst. He also taught economics courses at Oxnard College, Ventura College, SBCC and UCSB.
Upon the completion of his doctoral degree, Dr. Muraoka joined the faculty at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). While at CSULB, Professor Muraoka was honored by his peers with faculty awards for excellence in scholarship and teaching. He was also selected to receive the CSULB Outstanding Professor Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship and community service.
Dr. Muraoka is an expert in the field of natural resource and environmental economics and has authored or co-authored many articles in leading economics journals in this area. He is a pioneer and innovator in the use of technology in economics instruction having developed one of the earliest published packages of new media instructional materials for economics.
Dr. Muraoka’s wife, Mimi, is a professor of nursing at SBCC. They, along with their three parrots, reside in Santa Barbara.