I am Assistant Professor of Economics at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I received my B.A. in Economics and Management with a minor in African Studies also from Beloit College.
My research focuses on how individuals and communities overcome the collective action problem following natural disaster. I have conducted field work in New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and in New York City following Hurricane Sandy. Check out my book with Virgil Henry Storr and Stefanie Haeffele-Balch.
In addition to research on post-disaster recovery, I have studied economic development and traditional leadership structures in South Africa.
Following college I worked with the Free Market Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I was an analyst with Deloitte Consulting in St. Louis, Missouri and a senior business consultant with Perficient, Inc in St. Louis, Missouri.