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I am an health economist and assistant professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. I study the impacts of public programs and policies on individuals’ health. Two particular areas of research interests are: 1) the economics of risky health behaviors; and 2) the relationship between health insurance, health, and broader public program participation. My work has been published in journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, JAMA Oncology, and Health Affairs, and has received external grant funding from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.

I completed my PhD in Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington. Prior to my graduate studies, I worked as an economist at IHS Global Insight and as an analyst at the US International Trade Commission. I received my M.A. in economics and B.A. in economics and journalism from Boston University, where I was a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship for academic excellence.

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