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, having studied the region's history, geography, politics, and environmental issues in Wisconsin and Latvia. I work closely with faculty from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), and have lectured at the University of Warsaw and Riga Technical University. I have a decent working knowledge of Russian, Latvian, Polish, and other regional languages, but probably speak better Spanish. I actively referee dozens of papers per year, and serve as Co-Editor of Economic Change and Restructuring, a Springer Journal.

Having lived and worked in the cities of Buffalo, Chicago, and Milwaukee, I also examine 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, and I have published in a number of urban- and regional-science-focused journals. While I am trained in all aspects of GIS, including cartographic principles, I specialize in quantitative geospatial analysis. I also have a diverse "toolkit" of standard and novel statistical methods in all areas of economics and other social sciences, which I am constantly expanding through frequent collaborations with coauthors worldwide.

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