about me

I am a professor of economics at Texas A&M University, where I am also the Private Enterprise Research Center Professor, the department's Director of Undergraduate Programs, and a Research Association of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  I got my Ph.D. from  the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 2009 and I graduated from Princeton University in 2002 with an A.B. in Economics and a certificate in Applied & Computational Mathematics. My research interests include investigating individuals' decisions - such as whether to make a charitable donation - and their reasons for making them. 

My wife Jennifer and I got married in Seattle on July 5, 2009. Clearly the better half of the relationship, she graduated from Stanford with an M.B.A. and a Masters in Education and now works for IDEA Public Schools. Our son, Eli, was born in 2011 and our daughter, Naomi, was born in 2013.

I was a member of the Princeton University Competitive Swimming and Diving Team. Some of my photographs can be found here. I enjoy cycling (both road and mountain), planting things (especially fruit and roses), experimenting with cocktails and infusions, and cooking.

Spring 2017

Summer 2018 
Eli holding office hours (2011)

Naomi and Eli (2014)

Naomi and Eli (2017)

Great Basin National Park