I’m a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Broadly, I am interested in the relationship between urban planning interventions and sustainable economic development outcomes, with a primary focus on the impact of active transportation systems on new business activity.
My existing research has explored a range of topics in this area, including the impact of public transit construction on adjacent entrepreneurship, the relationship between built environment features and the sales performance of individual businesses, changes in the locational tendencies of multinational firms over time, the land use characteristics of urban gardens, and inner city economic development. In the three years since I began my doctorate, this research program has generated 5 peer-reviewed publications (one of which is sole-authored) in the following scholarly journals: Urban Studies, Environment and Planning – B, Industry and Innovation, the International Journal of Health Geographics, and Urban Affairs Review.
Methodologically, I focus primarily on quantitative econometric and spatial analysis approaches, and I am always interested in expanding my methodological toolbox. In my work I have employed quasi-experimental regression methods (which are particularly useful for policy evaluation), hierarchical linear modeling, spatial collocation and clustering techniques, spatial econometrics, and even some remote sensing approaches (geographic object-based image analysis). I also have experience with qualitative approaches such as interviews and surveys.
I transferred from Arizona State’s Urban Planning Ph.D. program to MSU in 2015, and I am now enjoying my final year as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago’s Center for Spatial Data Science. Before pursuing my doctorate, I worked as a long-range planner for two years in Manhattan, Kansas. I was the Staff Liaison to the Historic Resources Board, and worked on many GIS, demographic, and economic analyses. I received my AICP certification in May 2014.
Outside of work, I love traveling, sports, and cooking at home for my wife Meghan (and our cat Rocky). I grew up in the Kansas City suburbs, and am happy to now call Chicago home.