I'm a professor of economics at the University of Kentucky, and (as of July 2018) director of the UK's Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). From 2015-18, I directed our PhD 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 2018, I'm teaching the first-year macro PhD course (ECO 602) and an undergraduate seminar on the economics of Africa. I'm also an affiliate of UK's Center for Equality and Social Justice.

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 economic 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 2018, 2015, 2012, 2010, and 2008.

I have two PhD students on the market in 2018-19: Andrew Jonelis and Kara Riesing

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)