I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Gustavus Adolphus College.
I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University in 2012; I also hold an M.S. in Applied Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from St. Cloud State University.
My research lies at the intersection of public choice, entrepreneurship, and economic history. I currently work on a project analyzing the emergence and collapse of the consensual political system in the Kingdom of Poland.
Teaching at a liberal arts college has inspired me to also conduct research on economic pedagogy. I believe that using mass media and pop culture references allows students to use what they already know to understand economics and to internalize the economic way of thinking. My favorite in this regard is the popular series of books about the underage wizard, Harry Potter. As it turns out, wizards too must deal with scarcity.