|My academic background and my areas of research interest are along two tracks. My research focus in examining policy solutions to macroeconomic problems in developing countries has evolved to encompass low-income populations more generally. First, I am interested in issues of macroeconomic growth and development. My recent doctoral work and publication focused on specific characteristics of small open economies, including dynamic macroeconomic responses to foreign aid transfers and government expenditure. I am currently extending this model to consider the case where the economy is a producer and net exporter of non-renewable resources. Second, I am currently pursuing a program to understand macroeconomic business cycles and obesity outcomes in a dataset that focuses. I am also beginning a new set of projects investigating the connections among macroeconomic cycles, health disparities and policy environments in disenfranchised populations in the US.