I’m currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Geography at Michigan State. The overall goal of my research is to better understand how planning (broadly defined) and urban form influence entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic diversity. My recent and ongoing dissertation work looks at the impact of public transit on the spatial distribution of new businesses, as well as the role of transportation factors in entrepreneurial location decisions.
I transferred from Arizona State’s Urban Planning Ph.D. program to MSU in 2015. 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/research/studying, I love traveling, sports, and cooking at home for my wife Meghan (and our cat Rocky).