I am an agricultural economist currently on the job market, expecting to receive my Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from the University of California – Berkeley in May 2017. I am originally from the great state of Minnesota, and received my undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. During the summer of 2014, I also worked at the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
My research focuses on agricultural and environmental interdependencies in economic decision-making. I am currently particularly interested in studying US agricultural production and applying modern econometric techniques to high-resolution panel data. While I have broad research interests, my primary fields of study include agricultural economics and environmental & natural resource economics. I also specialize in applied econometrics and public economics.
In addition to my research, I greatly enjoy teaching. I have recently served as an Acting Instructor at UC-Berkeley for a course in Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. I also recently taught an online Master’s-level course in water economics at California State University, Fresno. My teaching experience has been immensely rewarding, and I work continuously to improve my effectiveness as an instructor. In 2015, I received both the Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the Graduate Division at UC-Berkeley, and in 2016 I received the Graduate Student Teaching Award from the AAEA Teaching, Learning, and Communications Section.
Please see the other pages on this website for more information about my professional history (CV), research, and teaching. Contact information is also available.
In the News:
- February 7, 2017: The Quinoa Revolution! – “Stuff You Should Know” Podcast (referenced at approx. 32:50)
- December 6, 2016: Taxes on bottled water are better at raising money than reducing litter – LSE USAPP Blog
- July, 2016: Consumers Respond to a Tax on Bottled Water (Guest Editorial) – Today’s Grocer (must select page 6)
- July 17, 2016: Quinoa isn’t a threat to food security. It’s improving Peruvian farmers’ lives – The Guardian
- May 18, 2016: Plummeting quinoa prices are hurting farmers in Peru and Bolivia – The Economist
- April 27, 2016: Podcast Interview – This Is Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
- April 18, 2016: It is OK to eat quinoa – Eat This Podcast
- March 31, 2016: Your Quinoa Habit Really Did Help Peru’s Poor. But There’s Trouble Ahead – The Salt, National Public Radio
- March 11, 2016: At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity – All Tech Considered, National Public Radio
- January 25, 2016: AAEA Trust Profile
- June 3, 2014: Radio Interview – The Graduates, KALX 90.7 FM, Berkeley, CA
- April, 2012: Research charts path to sustainable cities, University of Chicago News Feature