I am an applied environmental economist focusing on environmental health issues. I study why households often show low demand for seemingly cost-effective technologies, what behaviors households use to cope with poor environmental quality, and how environmental health-related illnesses affect long-run human capital development. My research to-date primarily focuses on water and sanitation issues but also explores topics such as water supply, energy access, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty, and gender. My research is policy-oriented and encompasses both global and domestic environmental health issues from sanitation improvements in India to lead remediation in Lancaster, PA. While trained as an economist, I engage in interdisciplinary research. In so doing, I aim to move beyond traditional considerations of efficiency and to incorporate issues of equity, fairness, and gender into my research approach.
When I’m not researching or teaching my amazing students, I enjoy hiking, camping, baking, and reading.
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