M.S. Agricultural Economics
B.S. Business Economics (University of Louisville)
Currently my key research interests use various data sources and advanced statistical analysis techniques to study the nature of price and policy risk pertinent in commodity markets. In my dissertation I draw upon these tools to address the role of the government in facilitating or designing cost-effective risk management platforms for agricultural managers.
I also have experience working in Government. From 2004-2009 I served multiple roles for the United States Department of Agriculture. In these positions I created complex mathematical programming models to analyze the flow and structure of the U.S. commodities. My expertise modeling agricultural policy, commodity price series, and risk earned me a prestigious position with the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. In this position I am assisting the Committee Chairwoman to consider policy and market implications of the 2013 Farm bill.