Assistant Professor of Global Health Studies
I am an economist, interested primarily in maternal and child nutrition. I teach in the Global Health Studies Program at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. Complementing Dr. Dawson’s work as an epidemiologist, I study how people make health-related decisions, and how these decisions aggregate in societies.
At Allegheny College, I teach classes in nutrition, food economics, and methods in global health research and practice. In coursework and as research assistants, my students design efficacious interventions for improving maternal and child nutrition, investigate how current events affect the food economy, analyze real-world data on food security, and explore the multidimensional linkages between health, demographics, the economy, and the environment.
I completed my B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University, my M.S. in Agricultural Economics at Iowa State University, and my PhD in Nutrition at Tufts University. While at Iowa State University, I studied global changes in food demand at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development. I completed my dissertation while living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security, focusing on the seasonal and climatic risks to child health, such as vector-borne diseases. My training and research experiences allow me to address global health issues with an interdisciplinary perspective.
I enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering with my husband, watching Charmed, and playing with my two young kids.