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 my work, I show how labor policies in colonial Mozambique shaped the country's HIV epidemic through their lasting impacts on marriage markets. Another of my papers shows that deworming girls in Zimbabwe reduced their HIV prevalence as young women, as their improved human capital changed their marriage market outcomes. In a joint project, my co-author and I find that disease control has important impacts in novel domains: eliminating Chagas Disease transmission in Brazil improved labor market outcomes for adults, reduced racial disparities, and improved public finances.

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.