Born and raised in New York City, I am a proud graduate of Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. I earned my B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, as a member of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.
After college, I served for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Danlí, Honduras, where I worked with community lending groups, rural water management committees, and an educational center for at-risk urban youth.
I received my PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where I was a fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. During my time in graduate school, I also served as a consultant for various local NGOs in developing countries, including Fundación Natura in Bolivia, Kota Kita in Indonesia, and the BOMA Project in Kenya.
Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Institute of Behavioral Science.
"A core goal of public policy should be to facilitate the development of institutions that bring out the best in humans."