I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana where I teach labor economics as well as a rotation of the micro and macro principles courses.  My main research interests are labor and public economics, but we are living in interesting times and I try to keep up with the unfolding events in the U.S. and European economies.  

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky (in August 2011), and my dissertation used portfolio theory to analyze the impact of human capital accumulation on the variance of annual earnings. I am also a graduate of New College of Florida (B.A., General Studies) and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S., Marine Transportation).  Early in my career, I spent several years at sea and in port operations.  After moving "shore side", I was a transportation analyst for one of the companies I had sailed with, and then I moved on to work as a consultant at a firm that specialized in legal economics, private equity valuation, and mergers and acquisitions.  While working, I completed an MBA at the University of North Florida, and then in 2007, I returned to academics to study for my Ph.D.