• Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • B.A. UNCC

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomics


I teach courses in financial economics, macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics.

My research is in financial economics, macroeconomics, and industrial organization. My research examines financial economics topics such as how firms are sold (Journal of Financial Economics) and the role of executives in M&A decisions (Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis). I also study scientific methodologies used in macroeconomics research (Journal of Economic Literature).

My ongoing projects in these and other areas can be found on my professional website.

Research informs my teaching via a fascination for how reasons and evidence (theory and data) are used to make economic conclusions. I’m passionate about helping students build skills that empower them to navigate our complex, changing, and increasingly interconnected world. I help students develop an excitement about learning, an ability to think clearly and analytically, an ability to evaluate competing viewpoints, and a willingness to use these skills to make the world better.