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. In the past, 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.

Another strong interest of mine is 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

[Milwaukee dashboard] [53206 ZIP Code working paper] [Rent disparities working paper]

Examining suburban–urban disparities in poverty and ethnic diversity

[Border disparities working paper]