I am an Assistant Professor at Radford University. I completed my doctorate at George Mason University in May 2013. My research interests include Austrian economic theory, defense economics, institutional economics, economic development and the economics of violence and social orders.
I was raised in Amelia County, Virginia (a small agricultural town outside of Richmond). I did my undergraduate work at a small liberal arts college named Hampden-Sydney College, where I double majored in Economics and Religion. Afterward, I moved to California to get my M.A. in Economics from San Jose, California. Upon completion of my M.A., I worked for the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. While there, I applied for, and was accepted to, the doctoral program at George Mason University which brought me back to my home state of Virginia. Now I will be staying in the state as I continue my academic career at Radford University.
Outside of academics, I enjoy watching hockey and football (Go Colts!), playing pool, playing with my dogs (Ellie and Lotus), traveling to the lake, and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy finding good craft beers and music festivals.