about me

I am an associate 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.

Jen and I at Notre Dame
Eli holding office hours (2011)

Naomi and Eli (2014)

Naomi and Eli (2017)

Great Basin National Park