I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and a faculty in the Public Policy Ph.D. program at UNC Charlotte. My research interests are primarily focused on firm and industry location behavior. Other areas of research include transportation and housing. In particular I am interested in the effects of public policy and public investments on firm and household location behavior.
Some of my recent research projects include explorations into the effects of zoning on retail firm location behavior; location behaviors in the craft beer industry (see CityLab article by Richard Florida citing our work); the changing industrial organization of US megaregions; the interactions between transit investments and low-income households in terms of residential and income mobility; effects of neighborhood foreclosure rates on mortgage lending denial rates; and estimating migration rates associated with economic development projects. My research is quantitative with theoretical grounding in economics as well as geography.
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Ph.D. (2015) Spatially Integrated Social Science (Geography/Economics), University of Toledo
M.A. (2011) Economics, University of Toledo
M.Sc. (2009) Economics, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)
Regional Economic Development
Applied Regional Analysis
Transportation Analysis Methods
Applied Research in Geography