About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and faculty affiliate of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University. I received my Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine in 2019. My current research focuses on two main topics:

  • Political economy of migration.

    • ​Much of my research focuses on the economics and politics of migration, both at origin and at destination.

    • My recent paper published in The Economic Journal examines how Czechoslovakia's expulsion of 3 million Germans after World War II mattered for its subsequent economic development.​​​​​​

  • Culture and institutions.

    • ​Understanding economic performance means understanding the cultural and institutional variables that underlie economic and political decision-making. Much of my research focuses on how the geography of economic activity interacts with variation in culture and institutions.

    • One working paper with Andreas Ferrara examines how religious communities emerged in oil-abundant areas of the U.S. South as a form of social insurance in the face of economic volatility.


As an instructor, I teach courses in advanced microeconomics, game theory, and authoritarian politics. In my free time, I enjoy making electronic music and spending time with my wife Amy, our daughter Camille, our cat Arthur, and our dog Cody.

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