About my Research

My research focuses on political economy, economic sociology, Austrian economics, and applied microeconomics, particularly as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. My dissertation is focused on exploring the COVID-19 pandemic through the political, social, and economic lens, and my committee chairman is Virgil Storr. 


My work has been published by Cambridge, The Review of Austrian Economics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Routledge, and is currently under review at several journals, including Constitutional Political Economy. I'm currently working on several projects on the economic and political consequences of COVID-19 policies, including the political incentives of mask mandates and the disruption to commercial relationships following shutdowns. 



Research Papers

Trust and Envy: The Political Economy of Business Groups in Developing Countries”  (with Nathaniel Leff, Jeffry Frieden, and Shelby Grossman). Studies in Comparative International Development, July 2021. 

Commercial Friendships During a Pandemic” (with Virgil H Storr and Michael Romero), The Review of Austrian Economics, October 2021. 

Book Chapters

Elements of Economic Sociology in Classical Political Economy” (with Virgil H. Storr) in Milan Zafirovski (ed.), International Handbook of Economic Sociology, London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Tocquevillean Association and the Market” (with Virgil Storr) in Cambridge Companion to Democracy in America, eds. Richard Boyd. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. (Job market paper.)  

Book Reviews

Review of The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart, by Noreena Hertz, The Review Austrian Economics, 2021. 

Review of Fundamentals of Happiness: An Economic Perspective, by Lall Ramrattan and Michael Szenberg, The Independent Review, forthcoming.

Working Papers

Experts, Voters, and Mask Mandates: Evidence from State Level Policies During COVID-19.

Entrepreneurship During Pandemics (with Virgil H. Storr).

“Three Forms of Friendship in the Marketplace” (with Virgil Storr and Ginny Choi).  


From left to right: Peter J. Boettke, Christopher Coyne, Rachael Behr, and Virgil H. Storr. 19 April 2022, Dissertation Defense.