I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University. I have a Ph.D in economics from George Mason University and a B.A. in economics from the University of Connecticut.

My research explores law & economics and economic development through the lens of Virginia Political Economy (incorporating the insights of Public Choice EconomicsAustrian Economics, and New Institutional Economics). Primarily, I focus on intellectual property rights. My dissertation explores copyright laws and other methods of providing expressive works from an institutional point of view.

I teach ECN 150 – Introduction to Economics. I have taught Austrian Economics and several sections of International Economic Policy in the past. In the summer of 2012, I co-taught the ICES High School Economics Workshops.

I am a firm believer both that ideas guide history and that economics pervades every aspect of human life. Thus, I aim to teach and research economics with a mind to make important concepts accessible and to ignite the spark in others to freely explore ideas for themselves. I have travelled my own intellectual odyssey over the years, and take pride in my ability to update my beliefs in light of new evidence.

I blog, along with several of my GMU friends and colleagues, at The Calculus of Dissent.