I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill, and a Special Sworn Status researcher at the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies. I received my Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California–Los Angeles.

My Research: I study urban and regional economic development and economic geography. In my research, I aim to improve the state of our knowledge on several perennially open questions:

  1. How do cities foster innovations and new ideas?
  2. How is globalization reshaping the economies of advanced and developing regions?
  3. How can institutions – both formal policies and informal social norms and networks – stimulate place-based economic opportunity?

I seek answers to these theoretically-informed social science questions using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and I am motivated to distill the implications of my research for diverse audiences, including students, the general public, and policymakers. My work has been published in economics, urban planning, and geography journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development and the Journal of Regional Science. In addition, I have advised governments and NGOs on issues of regional and international development, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the World Bank.