Biographical Information

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


I teach courses on American economic history, world economic history, government regulation of markets and microeconomic theory. Current students of any courses can access course materials including problem sets, lecture slides and exam solutions by going to the Blackboard page for each course. For examples of past problem sets, exams, homework projects and lecture slides, please follow the link below:

Past course materials


My research focuses on using historical data sources to explore the relationships between health, family structure, community characteristics and educational and occupational outcomes. My focus is primarily on the United States at the turn of the century. Current projects include investigating how health shocks lead families to redistribute resources among children, how historical segregation influenced racial gaps in health and socioeconomic status, and how intergenerational mobility has evolved over the past century. For abstracts, papers and presentation slides, please follow the link below:

Research summaries and papers

Data and Code

Most of my research projects have required the construction of new data sets. Several of these data sets have been cleaned and documented such that they may be useful to other researchers. These data sets as well as other potentially useful files (scripts, maps, documentation, etc.) are available on the following page:

Data files, code and documentation


William & Mary Department of Economics

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy (economic history resources)

National Historical Geographic Information System

Historical Statistics of the United States

The National Archives - Access to Archival Databases (AAD)

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series from the Minnesota Population Center