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 spring 2015, I'll be teaching an undergraduate economic development course (ECO 473) and a seminar on the economics of Africa (ECO 499).

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 (details TBA), 2012, 2010, and 2008.

Some of my former PhD students:
Emily Marshall Assistant Professor, Dickinson College (PA) starting fall 2015
Maria Apostolova, PhD 2014, Assistant Professor, Centre College (KY) starting fall 2015
Brandon Sheridan, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, North Central College (IL)
Biniv Maskay, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Loras College (IA)