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’m also a member of IFPRI’s ARENA team and an ATAI affiliate. I completed my PhD at Cornell’s Dyson School; Christopher Barrett was my chair.
In my research I examine the factors that drive chronic poverty in poor, agricultural settings. Often that means I focus on agricultural productivity and/or linked dynamics between biophysical systems and human welfare. A few of my projects focus on soils, agriculture and micronutrient malnutrition. For instance, I am investigating linkages between soil minerals/metals, crop mineral concentration, and human Zn (Se) status in Nepal (Malawi). I am also examining the long-run implications of Green Revolution technologies for nutritional status in India. A lot of my work also focuses on measurement error, a chronic problem in agricultural data and climate data. For instance, one of my newest papers examines agricultural intensification in Africa, paying special heed to the farmers’ misreporting and misperceptions of their own land size.
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 child health. I’m also interested in effective treatment for mental health problems and substance abuse.