My original line of research is in International Finance and OpenEconomy Macroeconomics, using timeseries data. Most of my research is listed on RePEc and on Google Scholar 

I have published extensively in the areas of exchange-market pressure, credit growth, and macroeconomic volatility
I have specialized knowledge of Central Europe and the Baltic region, as well as Russia and Mexico. My interdisciplinary academic background includes coursework in Eastern European history, geography, politics, and environmental issues. I have presented papers in the region, and lectured in Riga and Warsaw. I have a decent working knowledge of Russian, Latvian, Polish, and other regional languages, but probably speak better Spanish.

I also have a strong interest in urban and regional issues. Having lived and worked in the cities of Buffalo, Chicago, and Milwaukee, I focus on economic disparities and the economic performance of core cities within larger metropolitan regions, particularly in the so–called “Rust Belt.” I did graduate coursework in urban geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at UW–Milwaukee and NEIU, and conduct spatial and econometric analysis using R, QGIS, and ArcGIS. 

Files for my tutorials on spatial statistics are available at

My main areas of focus are currently:
Mapping and analyzing “banking deserts” in urban neighborhoods 
[Chicago dashboard]                [Bank density working paper
Quantifying economic deprivation and the distribution of poverty within cities
Examining suburban–urban disparities in poverty and ethnic diversity
                                                  [Border disparities working paper]