I am a faculty member in the Department of Finance at the University of Akron. My research interests focus particularly on the impact on financial systems of national culture, social trust and institutions. In 2011 I received the Stockholm School of Economics/Women in the Academy of International Business Award for Increased Gender Awareness in International Business Research. My research has been highlighted in numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Since completing his PhD in 2008, I have co-authored over thirty-five journal articles and book chapters, including articles in the Journal of Banking and Finance, International Business Review, and the Journal of Business Ethics. I am currently working on a book about the impact of national culture on finance for the University of Chicago Press.
My previous research on microfinance includes a published study showing that microfinance institutions target women borrowers in part to compensate for a lack of social trust. This research provided empirical support for a long-held central tenet of microfinance.