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 rewarding 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 studied the impact of marine protected areas on fishing communities. This provided me with valuable experience conducting field research at the intersection of environmental and development economics.
I returned to the U.S. to begin 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 have completed my PhD as an energy and environmental economist, with secondary fields in development and industrial organization. I have also had the privilege of working with Berkeley's all-star team of energy economists at the Energy Institute at Haas.
In July 2018, I will begin a one-year postdoc at the University of Chicago Department of Economics, where I will be working in the Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago. In August 2018, I will move to the University of Maryland, College Park, where I will begin my appointment as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics.