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 Chad and Madagascar. My current research interests include local
governance, democracy and the allocation of public goods, integration of
rural agricultural markets, and natural resource management and poverty
alleviation 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.
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