I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico, where I also maintain a research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. I have progressed to candidacy with training focused on labor, health, and public economics, applied econometrics, immigration, and policy analysis. My lived and professional experiences have tremendously impacted my desire to be an economist and has shaped the lens in which I formulate new research questions and structure my pedagogical strategy. Throughout my training as a scholar I have been interested in expanding the theoretical concepts that underpin health and labor economics. As a researcher I have been focused on investigating labor market dynamics affecting wage and labor supply as well as the unintended consequences of public policy on health quality and the labor market.
I am eager to pursue these lines of research, but also expect the scope of my research will expand as my skills develop and my curiosity increases. The quality and development of my research has had a direct impact on my ability to teach, influence and mentor students all levels. I believe that exposure to diversity in both thought and lived experiences are essential to the intellectual development of students in our ever evolving society.