BACKGROUND

I am a research scientist with the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University, where I lead the research area on Urban and Economic Security. My collaborators and I use an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the world's most intractable problems, enhancing the prospects for a secure, prosperous, and sustainable future. Additionally, I hold appointments at the Global Institute of Sustainability, Center for Smart Cities and RegionsCenter for Social Dynamics and ComplexityCenter on the Future of War.  My academic appointment is with the School of Sustainability.

I use a complex adaptive systems framework to address the world's most intractable problems - problems that typically stem from the conflict between individual desires and social goals, exhibit nonlinear or unpredictable responses to policy intervention, and are exacerbated by the increasing human connectivity that comes with globalization and technology.  Furthermore, I work closely with decision makers outside of academia to better understand the most pressing social issues of our times and to offer tools and insights that may lead to improved outcomes.  My focal units of research are urban systems - analyzing their social-ecological-economic dynamics and internal connectedness to understand the drivers of urban resilience and social (in)stability.

Prior to PhD work in theoretical biology and evolutionary economics, I earned an honors B.S. in finance from Indiana University and worked for several years in international finance and accounting.  As a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a certified SQL programmer, I continue to offer consulting services in corporate finance, economic development, and business intelligence.