About Me

Areas of expertise: Environmental economics; climate change; natural hazards; geographical information system (GIS), spatial econometrics.

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics and Technology for Development at the Keough School of Global Affair at the University of Notre Dame. I am also a faculty fellow at the Pulte Institute for Global Development and Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and an affiliated faculty at the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI), Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHUM), Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, and Minor Program in Sustainability Studies. I earned a Ph.D. in economics from Florida International University (FIU) in 2016 and a Master’s degree in policy economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 2011.

My research focuses on topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, with emphasis on the economic aspects of climate change adaptation and natural hazard risk mitigation. I am also interested in interdisciplinary studies between energy, agriculture, development, socioeconomics, and geography to integrate multiple disciplines and techniques. I am particularly interested in applying GIS techniques to spatial cost-benefit analysis of complex environmental issues.

I am currently working on several projects including households’ preferences for sea level rise adaptation policies, resilience of critical infrastructures in the presence of hurricanes, and the socioeconomic impacts and perceptions of coastal vulnerability.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, I was a faculty member in Economics at the University of Colorado Denver. I also worked as a researcher at FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in China.