I teach courses that apply economic theory to analyses of public policies and public affairs. My research interests are in social policy, especially education policy, and center on the institutions and policies that foster social mobility.
I am currently engaged in a couple of research projects that investigate the evolution of "welfare state" policies in rich democracies. I'm intrigued by the politics of growing inequality coupled with the rhetoric of austerity, and how politically governments are responding to these forces.
I teach courses that apply economic theory to analyses of public policies and public affairs. For instance, I teach a course on the economics of taxation and social policies (TECON 416 Current Topics in US Public Policy) and another on the economics of education (TECON 420 Economics of Education).
American Education Finance Association
Association for the Study of Higher Education
Allied Social Science Association
Western Economic Association International
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Washington Educational Research Association
Member, Board of Advisors, National Education Finance Conference (2010-present)
Mentor, College Success Foundation, Lincoln High School (2009-2011)
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Education Finance (2008-present)
Columnist, The Tacoma News Tribune (2010-2013)
Journal of Education Finance
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
UW Royal Research Foundation
State and Local Government Review
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Honors and Awards
Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, Universidad del País Vasco, Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico II, Jan-June 2008.
Distinguished Teacher of the Year Nomination, University of Washington Tacoma (2002, 2014).
Interamerican Development Bank, principal investigator (2007-2008). Network Study on Quality of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Case Study of Paraguay.