I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, University of Denver, and Oxfam America. My research interest centers around answering policy-relevant questions about the impacts of natural resource extraction, access to modern energy, and environmental pollution that affect communities, households, and specific regions in developing countries. I use rigorous empirical methods, and national and international household, administrative, and geographic data sets in my research. I am currently working to improve our understanding of the impact of natural resource extraction on women, children, and domestic violence in resource-rich African countries.
I completed my B.A. in Economics at the American University in Bulgaria, M.P.A in International Development at Tsinghua University in China, and Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Massey University in New Zealand.
Before commencing my doctoral studies, I worked as a national consultant for projects at Mongolian government ministries and agencies that were implemented by the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Environment Programme.