About

My research interests are mainly in empirical corporate finance, although I also do research in applied finance theory. Descriptions and links to my various research papers can be found on the Research section of this website. My job market paper empirically examines the real effects of relaxing financial constraints in a way that overcomes the challenge of identifying a shock to financial constraints that does not affect fundamentals. I construct a unique dataset of agricultural outcomes to document that a relaxation of financial constraints leads to a reallocation of assets, resulting in higher productivity, output, and asset values.

My committee consisted of Professors Nittai Bergman, Rajkamal Iyer, Andrew Lo, Robert C. Merton, and Stewart Myers. 

 

Education


Ph.D. Financial Economics, 2016, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

M.S. Management Research, 2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MSc Finance and Economics, 2008, London School of Economics (LSE)

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), 2007, Washington University in St. Louis
    Majors: Economics, Psychology
    Minors: Mathematics, Japanese

 

Professional Experience


NISA Investment Advisors, LLC
An investment management firm located in St. Louis, MO, which manages over $80 billion in assets for institutional clients. 
  • Derivatives Trading Analyst (September 2008 – June 2010)

  • Research and Derivatives Trading Intern, Part-time (Spring 2007)

  • Research and Derivatives Trading Intern (Summer 2006) 

 

Selected Honors and Awards


  • Awarded $3,000 1st Place Thesis Prize, 4th Annual Doctoral Research Forum & Thesis Prize, MIT Sloan School of Management (March, 2016)

  • Awarded grant from the Kritzman and Gorman Research Fund, MIT Sloan School of Management (2015).

  • Nominated for 2014-2015 MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Award, for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Recipient of 2012-2013 MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Award, for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, MIT Sloan School of Management. Awarded to the best Teaching Assistant at MIT Sloan.

  • Nominated for 2011-2012 MIT Sloan Excellence in Teaching Award, for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • Awarded £7,000 Creditflux-Cairn Capital Prize for best Finance Masters Dissertation in 2007/2008, London School of Economics    

  • Graduated with Arts and Sciences Honors, Summa Cum Laude in Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Dean’s List, Washington University in St. Louis (Fall 2003, Fall 2004 – Fall 2006)

  • Distinction in Economics, Washington University in St. Louis (Spring 2007)

  • Adam Smith Prize for Excellence in Economics, Washington University in St. Louis (Spring 2007).  Awarded for top honors thesis in the Economics department.