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 at the intersection of political economy and urban economics:

  • Political economy of migration.

    • ​Much of my research focuses on the economics and politics of migration, both at origin and at destination, as well as long-run spatial equilibria.

    • 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.

    • A new NBER working paper with Sam BazziAndreas Ferrara, Martin Fiszbein, and Thomas Pearson examines how migration by white Southerners to the U.S. North and West transformed America’s cultural landscape and hastened partisan realignment in the 20th century.


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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