About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University. I received my Ph.D. in Public Policy from Duke University in 2017. I also hold an M.A. in Economics (Duke), an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management (IUPUI), and an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies (IUPUI). Prior to joining academia, I worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, specializing in fundraising, board development, and strategic planning with The Alford Group in Chicago, Illinois.

My research agenda focuses on donor and nonprofit behavior in new charitable giving contexts. My current work in this area examines Giving Tuesday and Donor-Advised Funds. I also study market structure and competition in the nonprofit context, with a focus on donor and nonprofit behavior related to the dramatic growth of the sector over the past two decades.

As an applied microeconomist, I employ rigorous quasi-experimental and causal inference methods to questions of donor and nonprofit behavior. I also conduct behavioral experiments to understand how new giving options affect donor decisionmaking.

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