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

Many of my publications are 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.

Having lived and worked in the cities of Buffalo, Chicago, and Milwaukee, another strong interest of mine is in urban and regional issues, particularly in the so–called “Rust Belt.” I completed 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. My main areas of focus currently include mapping, analyzing, and visualizing banking deserts and urban poverty.

Files for my tutorials on spatial statistics are available at, I have a few visualizations up on Tableau, and some of my conference and working papers are available on