Recently, I have been moving more toward urban and regional issues (Urban and Economic Geography). Having lived and worked in the cities of Buffalo, Chicago, and Milwaukee, I am interested in economic disparities and the economic performance of core cities within larger metropolitan regions, particularly in the socalled Rust Belt. I also study economic transformations and ethnic diversity in the cities of Central and Eastern Europe. 

I have published in peerreviewed journals and collaborate with practitioners across disciplines, particularly in Public Health. I am now a coPI on a research team that is examining cancer treatment disparities in the city of Chicago. 

I did graduate coursework in urban geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at UWMilwaukee and NEIU, and do spatial and econometric analysis using R, QGIS, ArcGIS, and GeoDa. My main areas of focus are currently:
  • Quantifying economic deprivation and the distribution of poverty within cities
  • Mapping innercity business locations (particularly banks) and examining inequalities in service provision
  • Analyzing urban crime patterns and their connection to local economic conditions.
I also examine macro topics such as regional economic disparities and the effects of exchangerate fluctuations on urban areas, using timeseries methods as well as spatial techniques.

Published Research:
Crime, Housing Tenure, and Economic Deprivation: Evidence from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal of Urban Affairs, 2017

Presentations and Working Papers
Acquisitive Crimes, Time of Day, and Multiunit Housing in the City of Milwaukee,” Chicago Public Health GIS Network, November 2017
Spatial Measures of Socioeconomic Deprivation: An Application to Four Midwestern Industrial Cities, North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, November 2016