I am a Research Economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, and my doctoral work at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests include macroeconomics, labor economics, and econometrics. Very broadly, I study how frictions affect the choices of firms and workers, and what this implies for measurement and aggregate (labor market) behavior. I am especially interested in the essential connection between theory and empirics: models help the researcher think about the interpretation of data, and data offers a ruler with which to assess the performance of models. For more details about my research, click here.
My teaching has focused on macroeconomics and econometrics, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Some more information can be found here, where I list the courses I have helped teach and their descriptions. I formerly worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Economic Forecast Project (EFP), UCSB's outreach to the local community. EFP provides reliable economic, demographic, health, and environmental data and analysis for the local and neighboring areas of Santa Barbara County. Additionally, I am frequently involved with the Laboratory of Aggregate Economics and Finance (LAEF) in their seasonal production of economic newsletters.
My most unique, non-professional hobby is speed cubing, essentially solving Rubik's-like puzzles fast (check out the new Netflix Documentary, "The Speed Cubers"!). I humbly report that I peaked in high school: I recorded my fastest 3x3x3 solve (the standard puzzle) of 10.15 seconds in my senior year.