I am an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at St. John's University, Queens NY. The major theme of my research is the overlapping relationships between people, the economy, and the environment. An econometrician by training, I employ both quantitative and qualitative methods in my work. I am interested in questions related to:

  • The production, distribution, and consumption of energy, and its relationship to environmental problems;
  • Labor, both paid and unpaid, and its relationship to consumption and production processes;
  • The economic growth and development of regions, and its relationship to social, economic, and environmental problems; and
  • Critiques of individual, firm, and government-scale sustainability efforts.

While my research is grounded in a disciplinary perspective thanks to my graduate training in economics, both the methods and substance of my work are shaped by insights from relevant social research and economic inquiry outside the mainstream.

I am currently engaged in projects related to household sustainability practices, self-employment, and other forms of precarious work. Some of my past research includes topics related to immigrant wages, immigrant language choice, infant mortality, property taxes, the cost of regulatory compliance, consumer behavior in regulated industries, and hedonic models of property values near nuclear power generation facilities.

Research Interests

  • Primary: Labor, Energy and Regulated Industries, Culture and Consumption
  • Secondary: History of Economic Thought, Feminist Radical Political Economics


  • I live in Queens, NY, with my occasional co-author Chris and my Cardigan Welsh corgis, Wilson and Wendy.
  • In my free time, I'm teaching my dogs dance routines to obscure 1980s pop songs and trying to eat my vegetables.
  • I love flexidiscs and fanzines and the international pop underground.