I grew up in Minnesota where I attended St. Olaf College to earn my B.A. in both Math and Economics in 2018. In 2020 during the middle of Covid I got married to my wife, Sam and we adopted Maple, our dog.
Since I can remember, I have found helping others learn and achieve their goals to be among the most satisfying endeavors. As such, I spent many of my summers through college as a wakeboarding and waterskiing instructor and my most enjoyable winters as a high school cross country ski coach.
After undergrad, I moved to the pacific northwest to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Oregon, largely because of the amount of teaching experience I could gain as a graduate student. Thus far, I have independently taught four unique courses a total of six times.
As someone who learned to code by making games to play on my calculator in middle school, I am constantly thinking about how I can make my teaching methods, materials, and research more engaging and accessible. Consequently, I use tools like Shiny (R) and oTree (Python) to try to achieve these goals.
Most of my research is focused around the evolution of behavior using game theory. Why do people make decisions they do and how does the behavior of populations evolve over time? I believe that by better understanding these dynamics we can better predict and create interventions to influence the behavior of societies.