I am the Senior Fellow for economic opportunity issues at Stand Together and Stand Together Trust. I write about state and local policy, urban development, population trends, and labor markets. My writing has appeared in national outlets such as USA Today, US News and World Report, Real Clear Policy, and The Hill, as well as regional outlets such as the Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Sun, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Orange County Register, among others. I am also the author of Dayton: The Rise, Decline, and Transition of an Industrial City. In addition to my research I have taught courses in economics at Florida State University, Clemson University, and George Mason University and I have stellar reviews on Rate My Professor. I earned my master’s and PhD in economics from Clemson University and a BS in economics and a BA in comparative religion from Miami University in Ohio.