About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Clark University. I earned my PhD from the University of Michigan, where I was a predoctoral trainee in economic demography in the Population Studies Center. My CV is here.

My research is in development economics and economic history with a focus on human capital—especially health—in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In a working paper, I show how colonial institutions shaped the HIV epidemic in Mozambique through their lasting impacts on marriage markets. In my other work, I study the effects of infectious disease control in childhood on young women's HIV prevalence in Zimbabwe and on adult income, labor productivity, and public finances in Brazil.

I hold an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and taught Spanish while earning my degree, an experience that informs how I teach economics.

I was also an undergraduate at Arizona, where I competed for the Men's Swimming Team as an openly gay NCAA Division I student-athlete and worked to increase LGBTQ inclusion in college athletics.