I want my work to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I particularly enjoy the application of rigorous research to real world problems with policy implications. I do not accept scientific boundaries and think that the most significant breakthroughs will be made at the intersection of existing disciplines.

I have worked at the AidData and was a postdoctoral researcher at College of William & Mary. Prior to that, I have conducted research at LICOS – Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, and have been consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Policy Forum Armenia, and Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation.

I hold a PhD degree in Economics. I started my doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University. After completing all the requirements for a PhD candidate, I moved to the University of Leuven to join the Development Economics group, supervised by Jo Swinnen, while continuing to work with Omer Ozak and Klaus Desmet from Southern Methodist University. I defended my PhD dissertation in 2017, including chapters published in peer-reviewed journals.