About Me


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University, and an InFACT Discovery Theme Initiative hire. I completed my PhD at Cornell’s Dyson School in the spring of 2016; Christopher Barrett was my chair.

Much of my research focuses on linked dynamics between human welfare and biophysical systems in poor countries, a subject at the nexus of development, health, and resource/sustainability economics. Most of my projects relate to “food systems,” in that they center around agricultural production, malnutrition, or both. For instance, I am investigating linkages between soil minerals/metals, crop mineral content, and human health in multiple African and South Asian contexts.

I am also interested in linkages between health and poverty, both in the US and abroad. A couple of my papers examine intergenerational income and human capital transmission — and in particular, the role of maternal education and maternal health on later life outcomes. I’m also interested in measurement of child health, and temporal variability in child health in poor countries. I am also starting new work on opioid addiction/mortality in the US.

Also, I moderate a geospatial data repository, and I’m on Twitter as leahbevis. A plug for my awesome department: here’s a map of our PhD graduate placements from 2007-2017.

My CV is here.