• Ph.D., M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., B.A., B.S. University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics


I teach courses in financial economics, macroeconomics, and statistics/econometrics. This teaching is deeply influenced by my undergraduate training in philosophy, specifically epistemology, and by the philosophy of science. I am fascinated by how we use reasons (theory) and evidence (data) to know, persuade, decide, and act.

I use a variety of teaching strategies to spark students' excitement about economics, thus empowering their efforts to learn and grow. I have won teaching awards and have spoken about pedagogy at conferences, workshops, and seminars. My teaching portfolio includes more information about my teaching approach, courses, student comments and more.

By mentoring undergraduate research projects, I help students learn how to solve problems, grapple with ambiguity, and communicate ideas clearly. I describe several examples of these mentored projects, as well as provide useful tips and guidelines, in my resources for student research.

As a scholar, I study how economic actors make decisions in complex, changing, and uncertain environments, and how such uncertainty and imperfect information shapes how people behave, and how these decisions affect firms and markets. My published papers and works in progress can be found on my Research page.