Associate Professor of Economics — on leave for the 2020-21 academic year
I've been teaching in the Economics department at Bowdoin since 2012 and prior to that I was assistant professor at Oregon State University from 2008-2012. My courses here are on microeconomics, behavioral economics, information and uncertainty, and game theory. Besides the standard material I generally try to stress two relatively non-standard lessons: 1) be Bayesian; 2) internalize your externalities. My research is on belief formation, political media, polarization, and inter-personal hostility (a.k.a. affective polarization). I'm optimistic about this being typically due to misunderstanding (and therefore being usually resolvable), based on both personal experience and my research. I served with Americorps and worked for Novantas (consulting) between college and grad school, and am originally from Charlottesville, VA (and miss the old UVA pep band).