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Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, 2019-present


  • Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 2019
  • M.A., Economics, Cornell University, 2017
  • B.S.F.S., International Political Economy (magna cum laude), Georgetown University, 2011

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, household consumption, housing economics


Working Papers

“Macroeconomic effects of household leverage regulations after the crisis” (Job Market Paper)

“Sovereign Debt Composition in Advanced Economies: A Historical Perspective” (IMF Working Paper No. 14/162) with S. M. Ali Abbas, Laura Blattner, Mark De Broeck, and Asmaa El-Ganainy

Works in Progress

“The consumption insurance role of homeownership”

“The transmission of monetary policy shocks to the U.S. mortgage market”

Invited Presentations

  • 2019: Binghamton University, Union College, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Vanderbilt University, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Seattle University, University of Houston, United States Naval Academy, Temple University
  • 2013: International Monetary Fund

Conference Presentations

  • 2019: Econometric Society European Winter Meeting, Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Vanderbilt University

  • ECON 3020 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (undergraduate), 2020
  • ECON 9210 Topics in Macroeconomics (Ph.D.), 2019

Teaching Assistant, Cornell University

  • ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics (undergraduate), 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2018
  • ECON 1120 Introductory Macroeconomics (undergraduate), 2014
  • ECON 3040 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (undergraduate), 2015, 2017 - 2019
  • ECON 6140 Macroeconomics II (Ph.D.), 2015 - 2016
  • PADM 5220 Economics of the Public Sector (MPA), 2018

Grader, Cornell University

  • ECON 4520 International Monetary Theory and Policy (undergraduate), 2016

Research Experience and Other Employment

  • Research Assistant for Karel Mertens, Cornell University, 2016 - 2017
  • Research Assistant for Christopher Huckfeldt, Cornell University, 2015
  • Research Assistant, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund, 2011 - 2013

Honors, Scholarships, and Fellowships

  • Anindya (Bappu) Majumder ‘98 Memorial Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Cornell University, 2018
  • Louis Walinsky Fund in Economics in Honor of Professor Herbert Joseph Davenport Outstanding Teaching Award, Cornell University, 2015
  • Fundwide Recognition Award, International Monetary Fund, 2013
  • Departmental Award, International Monetary Fund, 2011
  • Honors in International Political Economy, Georgetown University, 2011


  • Programming: Fortran (with OpenMP), Julia, LaTeX, MATLAB, Python, Stata
  • Languages: English (native), Chinese (fluent), Spanish (intermediate)

Personal Information

  • Citizenship: United States of America, Canada
  • Date of birth: August 27, 1989