I currently live in Southern Michigan with my beautiful wife Erin. We are kept busy by our wonderful children Conner Addison, Ella, and Keegan Clark.
My wife and I are very active and have always been heavily involved in athletics. We met while training for our respective collegiate sports (basketball and volleyball) at Hillsdale College. After we got married in July of 2006 Erin moved down to Virginia while I worked my way through my graduate program. I officially received my Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University at the start of the 2011 year. After 7 years away (in the fall of 2011), I returned to Hillsdale College as a professor in economics.
During my graduate studies my wife and I coached varsity volleyball together and I was employed for three years as a visiting professor at the University of Baltimore. There I taught economics and statistics in the MBA program and to undergraduates. My consistently high student evaluations led to a University of Baltimore School of Business top teacher award in 2009.
While at Hillsdale I have been nominated for professor of the year three times and have been invited to speak at various events for the Charles Koch Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. As a result of my presentation experience I have consulted with groups on the basics and beyond in professional & academic presentations. I love to teach, and I love to help others unlock their potential to teach as well.
While my passion lies in the classroom my research and academic pursuits have also had some success. My research focuses on public choice, political economy, and the ideas of Adam Smith. I have also engaged the public with basic economic ideas on the radio and by writing for outlets like the Washington Times, Detroit News, and Real Clear Markets.