I am an Agricultural Economist with a focus on Africa that began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, where I served from 2001 to 2003. I earned Masters and Doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in 2009 and 2012 respectively. In early 2010 I returned to Africa to begin a long-term overseas assignment in Lusaka, Zambia, where my work focused on several aspects of the heavily subsidized maize and fertilizer sectors. In addition to carrying out fieldwork as a doctoral candidate, my time in Zambia was spent providing research, outreach and capacity building services for the USAID and SIDA funded Food Security Research Project. After completing my PhD, I remained in Zambia as an Assistant Professor, International Development, until joining Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment in September of 2012. I have guest lectured at many universities in the US and throughout Africa, and taught graduate courses on multivariate statistics and survey design at The University of Zambia and Stanford University. In September of 2016 I incorporated Agricultural and Food Policy Consulting and have several projects continuing in Southern Africa. In December of 2017 I was elected to the Food Tank Board of Directors.
My primary focus is currently on farm management in Malawi, and the interactions between farmers and the characteristics of their soils. I specialize in combining site-specific soil property measurements and farm survey data to understand the adoption and impacts of regenerative farm management practices.
In my work as an economist I've been honored to receive the 2009 Best Thesis Award from Michigan State University's Agricultural Economics Department; the 2009 award for best paper in Agricultural Economics, the flagship journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; The 2013 Horizon Ribbon Award, from Washington College (my alma mater); the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis awarded by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association; and in 2019 I was named an "Outstanding Reviewer" for The American Journal of Agricultural Economics.