I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis. I am an applied microeconomist and my fields of specialization are development economics and poverty, applied econometrics, and behavioral economics with frequent forays into 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. I am currently on the job market (Fall, 2018) and will be attending the ASSA 2019 meetings in Atlanta.

Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, I attained a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University in 2010 after which I was a researcher in the Labor and Social Protection Unit at the World Bank.

I am also currently an editor for the development economics blog Economics that really matters.