About Me

I am a PhD candidate at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. In the Fall of 2018, I will be joining the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville as an assistant professor of economics.

My research is based on applied microeconomic theory and focuses on the environment, agriculture, and economic development. I use applied econometrics, microeconomic theory, and “lab-in-the-field” experiments to uncover the role of information in shaping economic behavior and decision making. In my ongoing research, I investigate strategies to promote soil and ecological health, environmental sustainability, crop productivity, technology adoption, effective resource management, food and energy security, and the application of sustainable development practices in an international context. I am particularly interested in how this can be accomplished through improving information and extension activities and utilizing farmer peer networks for information diffusion.

Using data collected from my fieldwork in western Kenya in 2016, the research in my job market paper uses experimental auctions to discover how farmer behavior changes when presented with new information. In particular, the research analyzes changes in the valuation of agricultural inputs by farmers after learning information about their soil nutrient levels and receiving fertilizer recommendations. Other past and ongoing research looks at methods to promote agroforestry after taking into account structural factors in household labor markets, how agricultural information spreads through religious networks in Western Kenya, and the diffusion of information regarding organic resource management through social networks.

I completed my undergraduate work at the State University of New York at Geneseo and received my master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. I also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia from 2009 to 2011, and have conducted field research in Tanzania and Kenya (see field experience page for more information.) I am conversational in Armenian, and have elementary proficiency in Russian and Kiswahili.