My research interests are in law & economics and economic development through the lens of Virginia Political Economy (incorporating the insights of Public Choice Economics, Austrian Economics, and New Institutional Economics).
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 used to have a blog on this website, but now I blog at sporder.net. Sporder (short for spontaneous order) analyzes the various emergent phenomena in our world, both in social contexts and other realms, especially through virtual worlds (online games).