Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies:
Department of Economics and Center for Environmental Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 6279
My research is focused on environmental and labor economics in developing countries. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding how local institutions manage natural resources and public service delivery, and how management effectiveness is shaped by market incentives and the nature of the institutions. I'm particularly interested in settings where government monitoring and enforcement are limited.
I am originally from Torrance, California, and I received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2002. While in college, I participated in research on welfare programs in the U.S., including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, and Medicaid. I further developed my interest in labor economics in graduate school at Stanford University, working on issues in both the U.S. and developing countries. My interest in environmental economics arose naturally from my dissertation research, which examines the potential consequences of a further expansion of Brazilian ethanol production for deforestation and regional development, with a focus on the crucial role of the labor market in land use decisions.
I joined the Brown faculty in July 2008, with a joint appointment in Economics and CES. The links above and my homepage (to the right) give more information about my background and my research/teaching interests.
Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Economics
Development economics, environmental economics
Funding for the project: "Aligning Marine Management Institutions with Key Ecological and Economic Linkages in the Gulf of California, Mexico" (Co-Investigator)
National Science Foundation Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Exploratory Program (CNH-Ex), $243,357, Sep. 2011
Internal funding for the project: "Reforming Social Protection through NGO Delivery" (Co-Investigator)
Salomon Award, $15,000, Jan. 2011
OVPR/OIA Funds, $4,000, Sep. 2010
PSTC Funds, $5,000, Jul. 2010