I grewup in an academic family, where my father was a Professor of PoliticalScience. I switched into economics asan undergraduate. I earned a BA inEconomics at the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.
My teaching and research interests are in theHistory of Economic Thought and the Economics of Natural Resources. As a Christian economist I have also beeninterested in certain connections between economics and ethics, which focusesprimarily on the works of Adam Smith, the great eighteenth century moralphilosopher who is also credited with founding the modern discipline ofeconomics. In my work I haveinvestigated the connections between Adam Smith’s moral and economic writingsparticularly with reference to his theory of justice. I have also had a long-standing interest inMalthusian theories of population and the relationships between economicgrowth, population, and natural resource scarcity.
In addition to core courses in economics, I offercourses in the economics of natural resources and a variety of senior seminarson topics ranging from Adam Smith’s writings to Malthusian theories ofpopulation to Keynesian macroeconomics.