I am a professor of Social Work and director of our Social Work Program. I have a BA in Economics, a master's in Social Work, a master's in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Economics. Before coming to McDaniel, I taught at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, and was a visiting scholar at the Joint Center for Poverty Research (University of Chicago/Northwestern University).
My research interests have centered on the determinants of employment and earnings. I have co-authored several articles that examine the impact of childhood background and psychosocial factors on adult earnings, as well as the impact of public programs, such as welfare and child support, on economic well-being. More recently, my research has been in the area of financial social work – examining the relationship between psychosocial well-being and financial capability – and homelessness, especially among unaccompanied minors.