How long have you been at CSB/SJU?
This is my 5th year teaching at the Department of Economics.
What classes do you teach?
I teach an introductory course in Economics, Theory of Microeconomics, Economics of the Public Sector, Environmental Economics, and an Economics capstone course.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The fact that I get to meet, know and work with young, curious and restless people who in the four years of college will learn how to think in a certain way, learn skills that will help them professionally or otherwise in the future, and who mature as young adults. I enjoy being the facilitator.
Where are your teaching areas and interests?
My teaching areas are Microeconomics, Public Economics, and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
What areas of research are most intriguing to you?
An overarching theme of my research is to investigate the unintended consequences of environmental regulations on firm behaviors. One strain of my research explores how firm profitability is affected due to environmental regulations. I have published a theoretical piece that explores the different avenues that can lead to outcomes similar to the Porter Hypothesis (Land Economics, 2008). Currently, I am working on finding empirical evidence that might support this hypothesis.
I am also researching the role of the print media, under the U.S Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program and the EPA's Superfund program, and studies the association of media attention with socio-economic characteristics to help explain some findings associated with environmental justice. My work on the association between media attention and firm outcomes under the TRI program has been published in Ecological Economics (2013).
Currently, my focus is on the EPA's Superfund program whereby I am exploring how media attention to Superfund sites might be associated to socio-economic, neighborhood and environmental characteristics of these sites.
Why did you choose CSB/SJU?
When I was a student, I always enjoyed a small classroom setting with a lot of student-teacher interaction. So when it came to choosing an academic setting that would be more conducive to my teaching style, I found CSB/SJU a perfect setting. What I also found attractive about my position at CSB/SJU is that my job description emphasizes on involvement in research and scholarly work. And to that end, the schools provide ample resources to facilitate engagement in research and scholarly work.