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My research focuses on topics related to 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. My fields of specialization include applied microeconomics, development economics, food security and policy, and political economy.
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.