I am an empirical international trade economist with primary research and teaching interests that include the immigrant-trade link, cross-societal cultural differences and international interactions (i.e., trade, migration, and FDI flows), U.S. immigration policy and its history, multidimensional poverty in the United States., public opinion toward globalization, intersectionality and wage inequality, and the potential labor market consequences of trade liberalization. Additionally, I have worked on projects involving the distance puzzle, microfinance, child labor incidence, and the determinants of exporting behavior. My CV includes a complete list of publications.

My primary objective as a researcher is to provide information that contributes to a greater understanding of related topics. My research is grounded on modern economic theories, and I utilize rigorous econometric techniques to provide studies and results that may assist in the formulation of social and economic policies. Because my research is applied, the associated findings also inform economic theory. While these features potentially make my methods and my results appealing to the public, policymakers, and other researchers, my research also informs my teaching and, accordingly, my teaching supports my research efforts.