I'm a professor of economics at the University of Kentucky, and (as of January 2015) director of our graduate programMy research is primarily in the fields of economic growth, development, and international trade.  There are more details in the "current research" link.

In fall 2017, I'll be teaching the first-year macro PhD course (ECO 602) and a macroeconomics/growth field class (ECO 762). I'm also an affiliate of UK's Center for Equality and Social Justice, and am currently participating in UK's Women's Executive Leadership Development program, 

In spring 2012, I was on sabbatical in Belgium. I received a Fulbright grant to do research on poor regions of the rich countries of the European Union at CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics) at the Université Catholique de Louvain through the Fulbright-Schuman Program on European Affairs.

I normally teach in the first-year Ph.D. macro sequence (ECO 602) every fall, and in the macro Ph.D. field (ECO 762) every other year.  In addition, I regularly teach intermediate macro (ECO 402) and an undergraduate class on economics development (ECO 473), and have recently taught an undergraduate topics course on the economics of Africa (ECO 410/499). Recent syllabi for all are attached at left.

Areendam Chanda (LSU) and I co-organized the Southern Growth Conference at the SEA meetings in 2015, 2012, 2010, and 2008.

Some of my PhD students:
Hao Guo, PhD 2017, Assistant Professor, Nanjing Audit University (China)
Anna Maximova, PhD 2017, Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College (CA)
Emily Marshall, PhD 2015, Assistant Professor, Dickinson College (PA) 
Maria Apostolova, PhD 2014, Assistant Professor, Centre College (KY) starting fall 2015
        (Maria's initial placement was Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington, VA)
Brandon Sheridan, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Elon University (NC) starting fall 2016
        (Brandon's initial placement was Assistant Professor, North Central College, IL)
Biniv Maskay, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Loras College (IA)