I assumed the position of Professor and Department Chair on August 1, 2015. Prior to my appointment at Iowa State University I was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas from 1988 until 2015. In addition to my academic appointments, I held the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies from 2006 through 2012, and was interim Dean of Graduate Studies from August 2011 through January 2012. From August 2012 through August 2014 I served as program director for the National Science Foundation's Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program. I am also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
My research interests include U.S. economic history, the economics of science, technology and innovation, and labor economics.