Starting in Fall 2020, I am moving to employment with the RAND Corporation. My new contact information is:
Full Economist; Economics, Sociology, and Statistics Department
RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407
Phone: (310) 393-0411 x-6606


I am an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Oklahoma. I received my Ph.D in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 2009. I work primarily in economic development on topics that sit at the intersection of economics with other fields like gender, culture, and health. Of my projects, sixteen have been published, in outlets such as American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Inquiry, Oxford Economic Papers, and the European Journal of Political Economy. I have studies on the US, Bolivia, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uzbekistan. From 2020-2022 a portion of my research will be supported by a NASA Land-Cover & Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program Grant. My research has been featured in the Economist, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the LSE United States Politics and Policy Centre, and VoxEU.