About


Hello, there.

I am a Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. I received my Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland in May 2015. My graduate work subsequently received the AERE and AAEA outstanding doctoral dissertation awards.

I am an applied microeconomist working on issues at the intersection of environmental and public economics. My research spans water demand management, valuation of environmental resources and infrastructure, urban transportation, public goods provision, evaluation of U.S. climate policy, and assessing informational constraints in decision-making. Methodologically, I rely largely on the development and application of program evaluation techniques, often using large micro-data sets, to estimate causal effects of environmental policies on economic behavior.

During 2015-2017, I served as a technical consultant to the National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon. I am currently a research network expert for the Water Policy Center at the Public Policy Institute of California, and an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Other than economics, I enjoy dogs, bicycles, and rock climbing.

Education


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2015

M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2014

M.S.,  North Carolina State University, 2011

B.A.,  Ithaca College, 2009

Appointments


2015-present — Fellow, Resources for the Future

2017-present — Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

2016-present — Research Network Expert, Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center

2015-2017 — Technical consultant, National Academies Committee on Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon

2014-2015 — Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Economics, Duke University

2012-2015 — Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park

2011-2012 — Environmental Economics Analyst, Environmental Finance Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Awards and fellowships


2017 — AERE Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

2016 — AAEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

2015 — Dr. and Mrs. Bill V. Lessley Dissertation Excellence Award, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park.

2014 — Bessie H. DeVault Scholarship for best paper by a second-year student, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park.

2014-2015 — Dean’s Fellowship, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park.

2014 — Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant, University of Maryland, College Park (x2).

2014 — Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park.

2014 — Distinguished Graduate Student Teacher, University of Maryland, College Park.

2013 — Rhona Lantin Scholarship for best paper by a first-year student, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park.

2012 — ETD Master’s Thesis Award, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

2009-2011 — USDA National Needs Fellowship, North Carolina State University.

2009-2010 — University Graduate Research Fellowship, North Carolina State University.

2009 — Departmental honors in economics, Ithaca College.

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