I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Howard University I was 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 in 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 abuse 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


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

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


Anirban Basu, PhD
Stergachis Family Endowed Professor & Director
Department of Pharmacy
University of Washington

Jonathan Hamilton, PhD
Economics Department
University of Florida

Thomas D. Jeitschko, PhD
Dean of Graduate Studies & Associate Provost of Graduate Education  
Professor of Economics
Michigan State University

Eleanor Brown, PhD
James Irvine Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Pomona College