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Broadly I work on applied microeconomics and development economics; specific topics include food security and nutrition, food price shocks, conflict and instability, governance, and international trade. I investigate policy-oriented questions using recent household survey data from developing countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Tanzania, as well as country-level data on food consumption patterns, international trade, etc.
After receiving my Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA (2009), I spent four years as a research economist at the Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture. I also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, served as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and was a visiting fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University (NYU). Prior to my graduate studies, I was a small enterprise development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Dakar (Yoff), Senegal. I received a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at NYU, summa cum laude (2000), and an M.A. in Economics from UCLA (2005).