My career at Elmira College began in 1997 as my first full-time job. After four years of studying at a small, liberal arts college and six years of graduate school at a research institution, I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience 'the other side of the divide', as a professor rather than a student.
Now ending my second decade at EC, I can honestly say this was the right choice. I enjoy introducing students to the principles of economics and prefer combining theory with 'expernomics' (experiments in economics) such as auctioning dollar bills to illustrate the ideas of sunk and marginal cost. (Yes, $1 bills have sold for $4.50!). More recently I have been dabbling in the ‘flipped’ classroom model and hope to extend that to all my courses.
I especially enjoy teaching upper-level electives in economics where I get to combine my own interests in development economics with students' interest and enthusiasm on the subject. My research is concentrated in this area as well, and I am currently working on a long-term project examining the links between geography, culture, institutions and economic growth.