My research focuses on the intersection of economics, race, and public policy. I am currently the Executive Director of the Murphy Institute and a professor in the Department of Economics at Tulane University. Since 2012, I have been co-chair of the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. I am also the current and founding editor of the Journal of Economics, Race and Policy, past Vice-President of the Southern Economic Association, and a fellow of CESifo Group Munich. Previously, I was appointed a President's Associates Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma and chair of the university's Department of Economics. Prior to that, I was the William White McDonald Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama and Assistant Dean for Faculty and Graduate Student Development in the Culverhouse College of Business Administration.
- Policy Analysis of Income Distribution/Poverty
- Public Finance
- Ethics in Economics