Curriculum Vitae / About Me

My current CV.


Though born in Damascus, Maryland (about 50 miles north of D.C.), my family and I moved to East Tennessee when I was 9. I attended college in Dayton, TN (Claim to Fame: Home of the Scopes “Monkey Trial”) and earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political communication in 2008. After working for several years for a company selling and doing service work on overhead cranes and hoists, I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to enter graduate school. I earned a master’s degree in economics in 2012 and  Ph.D. in 2016. My family and I currently reside in Las Cruces, NM, where I teach for New Mexico State University.


In my limited free time, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, basketball, biking, visiting my family, and gathering around a table for a game… And I am engaged in a perpetual search for the perfect cup of coffee.




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