I am an enthusiastic teacher, and I bring my passion for learning in the classroom. In my research, I work in the history of economic thought, specializing in the 18th century. My focus is on Adam Smith, David Hume, monetary theories, and the Scottish Enlightenment.
I analyze how self-interest interacts with other motivational drives, with systematic biases, and with the surrounding institutional environment. I also explore the links between the Scottish Enlightenment and the results from behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and neuroeconomics.
I regularly publish in History of Political Economy (HOPE), The Journal of the History of Economic Thought (JHET), and History of Economic Ideas (HEI).
The European Society for the History of Economic Thought awarded my HOPE 2008 "The Adam Smith Problem in Reverse: Self-Interest in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Theory of Moral Sentiments" the prize of Best Article of Year (2009).
Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University
M.A. in Economics, George Mason University
M.A/B.A in Political Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
“David Hume on Banking and Hoarding” Southern Economic Journal. 2014. 80.4: 968-980.
“The causal effect of market participation on trust: An experimental investigation using randomized control” with Omar Al-Ubaydli, Daniel Houser, John Nye, and Xiaofei (Sophia) Pan. PLoS ONE 2013 8(3): e55968.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055968
OxfordHandbook on Adam Smith. Co-Editor. With Christopher Berry and Craig Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013.
"The Same Face of the Two Smiths: Adam Smith and Vernon Smith," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2011. 78: 246-255.
"Whose Money Is It Anyway? Ingroups and Distributive Behavior" with David Chanvanne and Kevin McCabe. Journal of Economic and Behavioral Organization. 2011. 77: 31-39.
"The Moralizing Role of Distance in Adam Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments as Possible Praise of Commerce," History of Political Economy. 2010. 42.3: 425-441.
"The Adam Smith Problem in Reverse: Self-Interest in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments," History of Political Economy. 2008. 40.2: 365-382. *Best Article of Year. European Society for the History of Economic Thought. 2009.