Research Interests

My research focuses on using a suite of tools from economics, neuroscience, and psychology
      to understand how people value goods that can benefit others.

I have also started exploring questions about the behavior of intoxicated individuals and
     the demand for addictive substances.


I am a Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in Paul Glimcher's neuroeconomics lab at the
     NYU Center for Neuroeconomics .

As a Ph.D. student at the University of Oregon I was advised by Bill Harbaugh and Trudy Cameron.

When I started studying at the U of O I was an R.A. with (Professor of Sociology) Patty Gwartney.


Published Papers

"Neural Responses to Taxation and Voluntary Giving Reveal Motives for Charitable Donations,"
      with William T. Harbaugh and Ulrich Mayr. Science, 2007.   Paper

"Valuing publicly sponsored research projects: Risks, scenario adjustments, and inattention,"
      with Trudy Ann Cameron and Geoffry R. Gerdes. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2007.   Paper

Working Papers

"An Expected Utility Maximizer Walks Into A Bar...,"   [Job Market Paper]
      with Paul W. Glimcher and Stephanie C. Lazzaro.

"Rationality, Risk, and Loss Across the Menstrual Cycle,"
      with Paul W. Glimcher and Stephanie C. Lazzaro.

Research in Progress

"The Neurobiological Basis of Altruism,"
     with Paul W. Glimcher.

"Opiate Addicts Rationality and Demand for Morphine: An Experimental Test of The Hot/Cold Hypothesis,"
      with Paul W. Glimcher, Stephen Ross, and John Rotrosen.


During the 2010/11 academic year I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi.
      While in the Emirates I taught two courses: Intro and Intermediate Micro Theory.

While at the University of Oregon I independently taught econometrics and environmental economics.

In the future, I look forward to teaching neuroeconomics, econometrics and microeconomic theory
     at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Biographical Information

I grew up in the small town of Silverton, Oregon. My younger days were filled with
      mountian biking and checking out the "BBS scene" with my hyper-intelligent
      and hard-working friend Rik Williams. Check out his Eastern Oregon pictures
      for an up-close look at what it's like when two geeks hit the road.

I received a B.S. (cum laude) in Economics in 2001 from Oregon State University.
      My roommate at Oregon State, Matt Fritz, is an Assistant Professor in the
      Psychology Department at Virginia Tech.