Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Donald R. Tapia School of Business, Saint Leo University, Fall 2014–present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University, Fall 2013–2014
Postdoctoral fellowship, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Fall 2011–2013
Research Fellow, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2012–present
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
Principles of Microeconomics (SLU & Wake), Principles of Macroeconomics (SLU & Wake),
Intermediate Microeconomics (FSU), Econometrics (SLU), Behavioral Economics (SLU),
Introduction to Enlightenment Thought (Wake), Introduction to Political Economy (Duke),
Economics for Non-Majors (SLU)
MBA Managerial Economics (SLU)
Other Teaching Interests:
Institutions and Development, Monetary Economics, Public Economics, and Philosophy of a Free Society
“Is Capitalism Exploitative?” In Anne Bradley and Hugh Whelchel, ed., Critiques of Capitalism
“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.
Policy Papers and Book Reviews
“Cronyism, Economic Freedom, and Human Flourishing,” Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, forthcoming.
Review of “Free Our Markets: A Citizens' Guide to Essential Economics,”
by Howard Jr. Baetjer," Independent Review
, 19(1) 2014.
“Economic Freedom and the Path to Flourishing,”
(with Anne Bradley), Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2013.
“A Christian Perspective on Income Mobility,”
Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2013.
“The Scope of Government and the Wealth of Nations Revisited”
(with S. W. Norton). Hastert Center Public Policy Series, August 2012.
“Determinants of Life Satisfaction: Religious Beliefs and Economic and Political Freedom”
“Institutional Trinity: Economic, Political, and Religious Freedom”
“Economic Institutions and Global Poverty”
“The Supporting Role of Democracy in Reducing Global Poverty”
Grants, Awards and Achievements
Grant from The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics for speaker series and reading group at Saint Leo University (ongoing)
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
Presentations and Talks
2015-2016 Saint Leo University, topics: Poverty, Income Inequality, Minimum Wage, Flourishing, Sweatshops, Water, Culture and Commerce
2015 Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC
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
Conference Presentations and Workshops
2013 Southern Economic Association, Tampa, FL
2013 Public Choice Society, New Orleans, LA
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
Other Professional Activities
Co-creator of Oikonomia: Economics for Life and Purpose course for the homeschool market.
Collaborator in creation of Common Sense Economics course for non-majors. This course is used in both
online and traditional classes. It is currently taught at Florida State University, Northern Michigan University,
Wake Tech Community College, and many high schools.
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
American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Public Choice Society, Association of Christian
Economists, Association of Private Enterprise Education, CREDO
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