I am currently a Research Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, where I conduct research on food labeling, diet and health, and obesity.
I was a Regulatory Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2014 to 2016, where I 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 affiliated with the European University Institute (EUI) as a Max Weber Fellow in the Department of Economics. While at the EUI, my research mainly focused on health policy evaluation. I also 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.
Between June and November 2014, I was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business, where I conducted a study of how Greece's adoption of the Euro in 2001 affected Greek firm-level exports.
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.