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 three main areas 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 identity.

    • Understanding economic performance means understanding the cultural and institutional variables that underlie economic and political decision-making. Much of my research on culture relates to trends in political culture, including polarization and the rise of illiberalism across the political spectrum in the U.S. and abroad.

    • 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.

  • Spatial data and methods.

    • Urban and development economists, especially economic historians, commonly deal with issues of data availability. A core part of my research agenda is the development of novel datasets as well as methods for harmonizing data across spatial units of analysis.


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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