Courses Taught

UAPP 110, Changing the World: The Role of Public Policy Examines major policy issues confronting contemporary society and the basic concepts and strategies that are used to address them. The purpose of this introductory course is to set the foundation for learning about the breadth, interconnectedness, complexity, and impact of public policy for citizens and groups within domestic and global communities

  • Spring 2019, Fall 2020

UAPP 211/HLPR 211, Introduction to Public Health Provides an overview of public health by addressing the history; epidemiological principles; social and behavioral factors; and environmental, political, and medical care issues concerning public health practice. Explores the practicality of public health as it is portrayed through current events, case studies, and guest speakers.

  • Fall 2018

SPPA 704, Advanced Quantitative Methods Introduces students to causal inference in public policy analysis and social science research. Students will learn the theory and practice of econometric analysis. Specifically, they will learn how to implement experimental and nonexperimental research designs through such approaches as Difference-in-Differences, Regression Discontinuity, Instrumental Regressions, and Fixed Effects Estimators.

  • Spring 2020

UAPP 709, Advanced Topics in Economics for the Public and Non-Profit Sectors Draws on economic principles to examine the reasons for and consequences of government intervention in the market with an eye towards understanding and critiquing public policies. Students learn about the management of the national economy to promote economic growth, measuring economic behavior to understand the macroeconomy, and how to finance the public sector. Students will examine how government can address market failures to improve the functioning of private markets and maximize social welfare with a variety of real-world examples ranging from addressing environmental degradation and redistributing income to regulating monopolies. The course concludes by focusing on the interaction of federal, state, and local spending and how it affects economic activity across space.

  • Fall 2019

Seattle University, Albers School of Business & Economics

ECON 2110 (formerly ECON 272): Introduction to Microeconomics: Examines theories and applications of the economic behavior of individual consumers and firms. Explores the allocation of resources through a price system, the role of public policy, and the social impact of economic decision.

  • Taught Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

ECON 4660 (formerly ECON 471): Public Finance: Develops tools necessary to evaluate the economic rationale, objectives, and consequences of government intervention in the market. Covers basic public finance principles, the taxing and spending activities of governments, and the effects of government policies on resource allocation and the distribution of income.

  • Taught Winter 2012, Winter 2014, Winter 2016, Winter 2018

ECON 4680 (formerly ECON 478): Urban and Regional Economics: Introduction to how economists think about cities and regional economies. Covers the causes and consequences of the interdependence of firms, individuals, households, and governmental units within the constrained space of urban areas. Explores why cities exist, patterns of residential and business locations, reasons for the growth and decline of cities, and issues of housing, education, transportation, poverty, economic development, and crime.

  • Taught Fall 2012, Spring 2017

MBA 5220: Identifying and Accessing Markets: Introduces analytical skills to address the problem of launching a new company or product line. Introduces frameworks for evaluating competitive dynamics and market opportunities, as well as equips students with tools to develop financial forecasts and to assess both financial performance and exposure of a business to financial risk.

  • Taught Fall 2015, Spring 2016

* I taught the Economics content only

UCOR 1630: Health Economics and Policy: Covers the U.S. health care sector through an exploration of the Affordable Care Act. Explores the production, distribution, and organization of health care services from a microeconomic perspective. Discusses insurance theory, market failures, and the role of government. Provides an introduction to comparative health care policy.

  • Taught Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2018

Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy

PPOL 700, PPOL 701: Thesis Workshop: Two semester course required of Master of Public Policy degree students. Students conduct original research on a policy-relevant problem under the direction of a thesis advisor.

  • Taught Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011