At present, I am a research economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the Economic Research Service. I conduct research on economic issues associated with food labeling, diet and health, and obesity. My recent work has investigated how public policies that influence the [full] price of goods (e.g. electoral dry laws, soda taxes, and trans fat bans) or that mandate disclosure of product attributes (e.g. restaurant menu labeling regulations) affect consumption and health.
From 2014 to 2016, I was a regulatory economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During my tenure at FDA, I worked with regulatory counsel to help shape more evidence-based rulemaking and conducted regulatory impact analyses of regulations that governed food safety, drug safety and effectiveness, and tobacco product manufacturing practices.
From 2012 to 2014, I was a Max Weber Fellow in the Department of Economics at the European University Institute (EUI). As a postdoc at the EUI, my research mainly focused on food and health policy evaluation. I also designed and taught a Ph.D. course on health economics at the EUI in 2013 and 2014. I received a Teaching Certificate from the EUI's Max Weber Program in 2014.
I obtained my Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2012. In my main dissertation chapter, I studied whether intra-household resource allocation decisions respond to a child's health at birth—a proxy for a child’s unobserved endowment—and whether the response is heterogeneous with respect to a mother's education or income level. During my graduate studies at OSU, I worked as a teaching assistant and as an independent instructor for a variety of undergraduate courses. I was awarded a departmental citation for excellence in teaching in 2010.