I received my Bachelors in Economics and History (with a German minor) from the University of Memphis in 1997. This was followed with a Masters in Economics from the University of Memphis in 1998 and a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics in 1999. My terminal degree, a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis, was awarded in 2004. My research spans the areas of economic & financial history and international trade & finance.
I am currently the J.Y. Pillay Chair in the Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College and Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, having served as Department and Associate Chair for the latter from 2013 to 2019 and Head of Studies for Economics for the former from 2021. In 2015, I was appointed as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, USA). In 2019, I was also appointed as a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, UK).
I have been invited to give academic and non-academic presentations on over 100 occasions in 22 countries and have been an invited visitor to 13 institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Over the course of my career, my research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, the French National Research Agency, the National Science Foundation of the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Finally, I have served as a consultant for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Chang Family Holdings, the Richard Chandler Corporation, and Tsao Family Holdings while my work has been cited by outlets such as The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post among others.