I am currently an
Associate Professor of Economics at Western Michigan
University in the area
of development economics. I enjoy
doing research in the field and my most recent projects have taken me to
Kenya, Chad and Madagascar. My current
research interests include local governance, the allocation of public goods,
food safety, the integration of rural agricultural markets, and natural
resource management in remote areas. I
teach development economics at the graduate level, and introductory
macroeconomics and environmental economics at the undergraduate level.
Before going to graduate school, I served as a
Peace Corps Volunteer in the Central African
Republic and Benin, where I worked on
agricultural and environmental education projects. As an undergraduate at the University of
Missouri-Columbia, I spent one year in Japan as an exchange student.