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EDUCATION: I felin love with economics as an undergraduate at Kent State University. My next step was earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. My first full-time academic position was at the Regional Research Institute of West Virginia University where I deepened my appreciation for regional economics and policy. I came to OU for a tenure-track position in 1997 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2015. 

RESEARCH: I specialize in
regional and urban economics with a focus on state and local public finance and economic development policy.
I have published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, National Tax Journal, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Southern Economic Journal, among others. I have served on editorial boards, including the Review of Regional Studies (2002-present), Journal of Urban Affairs (2015 - current), and Growth and Change (2004-09). I am a past president of the Southern Regional Science Association.

TEACHING:  I been teaching Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 1123) for the past few years.  We use an online learning system with homework and quizzes for each chapter.  I also recently started teaching the capstone course, Economics as a Social Science (ECON 4983). This is a discussion and project oriented course.  We read short articles and engage in critical discussion using economic arguments.  Students do an independent project which they present in a poster-session format. I have also taught Environmental Economics (3213), where we explore why free markets fail to address environmental concerns and then analyzed possible policy solutions. I have also taught (ECON 1123), Information, Technology and the Economy (ECON 3233), Urban Economics (ECON 4453), and Graduate Public Economics (ECON 6773).

CONSULTING: My research informs policy by advancing empirical research.  I have done consulting and research for various organizations, including the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, and have participated in White House Briefing Sessions on rural wealth creation.

blic engagement and outreach activities are natural extensions of my research. I am co-chair of the Oklahoma network of 
Scholars Strategy Network, an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and policy creation. I actively participate in state and local policy dialogues and have served on several local policy committees. 

In January 2016, I was appointed to the State of Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission. Our task is to oversee the evaluation of all economic incentives offered by the State, including setting up a regular four-year cycle, establishing criteria for each program, reviewing the analysis from an independent company, and then recommending whether each incentive be retained, eliminated, or restructured. Check out our progress here

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