Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Fall 2011–
Ph.D. Economics, Florida State University, 2011
Dissertation: "Global Poverty: The Role of Economic Freedom, Democracy and Foreign Aid", Adviser: James Gwartney
M.S. Economics, Florida State University, 2009
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, 2005
Primary Fields and Teaching
Research: Development, Applied Microeconomics, Public Economics, and Financial and Monetary Economics.
Teaching: Development, Econometrics, Political Economy.
"Economic Freedom and Global Poverty" (with J. D. Gwartney). In Mark D. White, ed., Accepting the Invisible Hand
. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2010.
"The Crash of 2008: Causes and Lessons to Be Learned" (with J. D. Gwartney). Social Education
. 73(2) 2009: 63-67.
"The Scope of Government and the Wealth of Nations Revisited"
(with S. W. Norton). Hastert Center Public Policy Series, August 2012.
"Income Mobility: An Economic and Biblical Perspective." Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, forthcoming.
"Economic Institutions and Global Poverty"
(job market paper)
"Economic Freedom, Democracy, and Economic Performance"
"Institutional Change through Market Exchange"
"The Supporting Role of Democracy in Reducing Global Poverty"
"Foreign Aid and Global Poverty"
"Regularizing and Augmenting the World Bank Poverty Rates"
"Contraceptive Foreign Aid and Economic Development." with Benjamin Barber IV
Research Fellow, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2012 — Present.
Conference Presentations and Workshops
2012 Ronald Coase Institute Workshop, Santiago, Chile.
2012 Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA.
2012 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV.
2012 Public Choice Society, Miami, FL.
2012 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL.
2011 Southern Economic Association, Washington, DC.
2011 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Nassau, The Bahamas.
2011 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tampa, FL.
2010 Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, GA.
2010 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL.
2009 Association of Private Enterprise Education, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
2009 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tampa, FL.
2009 Southern Economic Association, San Antonio, TX.
2008 Southern Economic Association, Washington, DC.
2008 Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL.
2012 King's College, London, U.K.
2012 A New Way of Teaching ECO151, Greensboro, NC.
2011 Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.
Introduction to Political Economy, Duke University, Spring 2012, 2013
Intermediate Microeconomics, Florida State University, Summer 2010
Research and Teaching Assistant Positions
Research Assistant for James Gwartney, Florida State University, 2008-2009 and 2011
BB&T Dissertation Fellow, Florida State University, 2010
Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Florida State University, 2007-2008
Awards and Achievements
Association of Private Enterprise Education annual meetings - Young Scholar award, 2009 and 2011
James H. Gapinski Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Among First-year Graduate Students, Florida State University, 2008
Best of Interdisciplinary Design, Senior Design Competition, Santa Clara University, 1998
Co-founder of the Robotic Systems Laboratory at Santa Clara University - formerly SCREEM Lab, 1997-1998
Created powerpoint slides to accompany Economics: Private and Public Choice
, 13th edition, by Gwartney, Stroup, Sobel, and Macpherson, 2009
Assisted on report for Altria Corportation, "Dedicated State Tobacco Excise Tax Revenues - FY2007," (with William M. Doerner, Tonya R. Eldreth, A. J. Gavila, John. D. Gibson, David. G. McCaleb, and J. D. Spagnola), 2008
Other Professional Activities
Collaborator in creation of economics for non-majors course. The course is used in both online and traditional classes. It is currently taught at Florida State University, Northern Michigan University, and Wake Tech Community College in North Carolina.
Senior Project Engineer, Engine Control and Monitoring, Sunnyvale, CA, 2003-2007
Member Technical Staff, nBand Communications, Mountain View, CA, 2000-2001
Hardware Engineer, Alcatel, Milpitas, CA, 2000
Hardware Engineer, Trimble Navigation, Sunnyvale, CA, 1998-1999