I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Howard University I was an NIH Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, where I had the ability to hone my healthcare, health outcomes and health policy knowledge and build a stronger research portfolio. Before my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington I had the pleasure of spending the 2015-2016 academic year as a Visiting Instructor at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. I also spent a summer as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Michigan State University as part of the American Economic Association Summer Program.

My research focuses broadly on factors which impede the effectiveness of various health policies as they relate to underrepresented communities. Some of my current research focuses on domestic health policies and interventions geared toward individuals who suffer from substance use disorders and the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion. This body of research includes opioid prescribing behavior of physicians, the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs, the effect of a national opioid advisory, and access to treatment facilities for substance use disorders and behavioral health conditions.

My current research in international economics focuses primarily on the health limitations caused by the World Trade Organization’s trade policies regarding pharmaceutical drugs. I examined how the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights amplified and/or dwindled the inequality in access to pharmaceuticals among developed, developing and least-developed WTO members. 


Research Interest

Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Health Economics, International Economics, Public Economics, Public Policy

Education

Ph.D., Economics, August 2016
M.A., Economics
University of Florida

B.S., Economics and Political Science, May 2006
Loyola Marymount University, CA