I am Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a fellow of UNC’s Carolina Population Center, and adjunct professor in Public Policy. I am a Research Associate of NBER’s Economics of Education Working Group, an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group and the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility. I had the pleasure of working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Cambridge, prior to coming to UNC. I specialize in the economics of education and social economics. I’ve always been fascinated with the role peer effects can play in exacerbating inequality or how peers can be exploited to improve student outcomes! Most recently, this has manifested in some research with colleagues on the role of teachers in shaping peer spillovers. More recently, I have begun moving from my focus on achievement to tackling questions around mental health in adolescence with colleagues. I am particularly interested in the role schools can play in combatting the growing mental health crisis among adolescents.
Here’s a link to my CV: CV