I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hamilton College.
I am an applied microeconomist focused on the economics of poverty. My areas of specialization are development and applied econometrics with frequent forays into fields such as psychology and behavioral, urban, health, and labor economics. My current research focuses on the bi-directional relationship between income and mental health and the impact it can have on poverty dynamics by prolonging poverty spells, worsening the impact of shocks, and lowering resilience.
Prior to joining the faculty at Hamilton College, I completed a PhD at the University of California, Davis. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I attained a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University in 2010 after which I was a junior researcher in the Labor and Social Protection Unit at the World Bank.
I am currently an editor for the development economics blog Economics that really matters.