Department of Economics
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
- ECO 120: Global Macroeconomics
- ECO 301: Money and Banking
- ECO 305: Intermediate Macroeconomics
- ECO 307: Introductory Econometrics
- ECO 400: Monetary Theory and Policy
- BUS 230: Business and Economics Research and Communication
- BUS 735: Business Decision Making and Research Methodology
- Macroeconomics of expectations
- Monetary policy
- Fiscal policy
- Scholarship of teaching and learning
I joined the UW-La Crosse Department of Economics in Fall 2009. I regularly teach multiple sections of introductory level macroeconomics, upper-level undergraduate courses related to macroeconomics and econometrics, and quantitative research methods in UW-L's MBA program.
My primary area of research interest is in macroeconomics, specifically expectations formation in the macroeconomy and what economic consequences can come from expectations and uncertainty. I also occasionally contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, which involves self-reflection, research, continual improvement, peer-review, and dissemination of curriculum and teaching strategies that promote student learning. Finally, I frequently my collaborate with colleagues in other fields, which has led to coauthored publications in sports economics, librarianship, and health economics of developing countries.
I am originally from La Crosse, WI, and I attended UW-La Crosse as an undergraduate student, graduating in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with minors in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I am very happy to be working and living back in my hometown and at the university that always felt like home.
I completed a Master of Arts degree in economics at the University of Notre Dame in May 2002 and another at Indiana University in May 2004. I completed a Ph.D. in economics at Indiana University in May 2008. My doctoral dissertation examined evidence for adaptive expectations in macroeconomic models applied to the U.S. economy, and estimated the implications for the macroeconomy.
My active hobbies include running, biking, swimming, hiking, but mostly running. I like to spend a lot of money at running stores and I compete in many running races and triathlons in the La Crosse area and beyond. My less active hobbies include computer programming, building computers, and messing around with Linux.
I have been married to my lovely wife since August 2008 and we have two elementary-school-age boys, Sam and Ben, who keep us busy.