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I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.  In 1989, I graduated from Konawaena High School (salutatorian) and subsequently moved to Honolulu, Oahu where I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa on the Regents Scholarship.  Although I began college with the intention of studying mathematics, I soon found that my true interest was in economics.  In 1993, I graduated (with distinction) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Economics.  The following fall, I started my graduate studies in Economics.  In 1996, I earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and then my Ph.D. in Economics also from USC in December of 2002.


In the fall of 2000, I moved to Waco, Texas to work in the Economics Department of Baylor University where I am currently Professor of Economics and Holder of the Ben H. Williams Professorship in Economics.  I am a Co-Editor for the Southern Economic Journal, am on the Editorial Board for the International Review of Economics Education and serve on the AP Macroeconomics Development Committee. In the past (2009-2016), I served on the Committee on Economic Education of the American Economic Association including serving on the program committee for the Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE) and chairing the program committee for the 2013 CTREE.  I also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Education (2011-2017).  In 2016, I was awarded the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award by the Southern Economic Association.


I live in Waco, Texas with my daughter, Sarah, who is a senior at Vanguard College Preparatory School, a tennis player, and an aspiring marine biologist (who LOVES sharks).

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