My research career began in Steve Salant's economic writing course at University of Michigan. After a brief stint working for a credit card company, Steve steered me towards Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank in Washington, DC. I worked as a Research Assistant at RFF for three years, focusing primarily on U.S. climate policies and renewable energy technologies. I left RFF for a six-month position at the Environment for Development Initiative in Turrialba, Costa Rica, where I conducted field research at the intersection of environmental and development economics.
I started my PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, sight-unseen, thanks to several persuasive conversations with my future advisor, Meredith Fowlie. Six years later, I completed my PhD as an energy and environmental economist, with secondary fields in development and industrial organization. I also had the privilege of working with Berkeley's all-star team of energy economists at the Energy Institute at Haas.
After graduating, I accepted a one-year postdoc at the University of Chicago Department of Economics, working in the Energy Policy Institute. In August 2019, I joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics.