I am a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Harvard Environmental Economics Pre-Doctoral Fellow, a Joseph Crump Fellow, and a James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Ph.D. Scholar in Inequality and Wealth Concentration. My research considers the intersection of place, environment, and economic inequality, seeking answers to questions such as How have recent labor market evolutions differentially affected various communities? Why do people remain in distressed communities? How has population mobility attenuated – or exacerbated – existing inequalities across place? Drawing from labor, public, and environmental economics, my research advances our understanding of the economics of place, and helps inform how policymakers might confront deepening spatial inequality.
I am particularly interested in understanding the ways in which recent labor demand shifts have affected distressed communities in rural and mid-America, and exploring the causes and consequences of spatial inequality more broadly. Current research projects explore how recent declines in coal mining employment have affected population mobility in Central Appalachia, the consequences of selective migration for residents who remain in place, and the effect of housing supply constraints on hedonic assessments of the value of local amenities.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I served as a Senior Research Assistant in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution and a Research Consultant for the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute. I received a Master's in Public Adminstration from the University of Washington in 2016, and a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont (summa cum laude) in 2012.
I spend most of my leisure time climbing rocks.