I am an Economics Ph.D candidate at Fordham University. I am currently working on interesting research related to risk management by central banks in emerging markets and have successfully defended my dissertation. I will officially earn my degree and graduate May 2015.
My research interests are in the fields of international and development economics, specifically in currency markets and exchange rates, remittance and foreign capital flows, financial development and financial integration in emerging markets. The focus of my dissertation concerns exchange rate volatility in emerging markets and developing economies. My work addresses whether using currency options can aid central bank intervention into foreign exchange markets, and how foreign currency inflows, specifically remittances, impact exchange rate volatility and, in turn, economic stability in these countries.
In addition to my dissertation research, I am currently working on a project with my advisor, Dr. Erick Rengifo, for the Global Association for Risk Professionals, for which we were selected to receive a research grant. We are analyzing how policymakers can take advantage of using options contracts to mitigate risk associated with volatile currency markets. This work has been presented at the Peruvian Central Bank during the First Annual Meeting of the Peruvian Society of Economists in August 2014. Our next steps in research are to develop a strategic approach to implement our findings and provide clear guidance for policymakers interested in using currency options.
Over the last four years, I have had the opportunity to teach both Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics as a Teaching Fellow at Fordham University. My teaching philosophy has centered on creating an interactive and dynamic learning environment. In my classes, I strive to facilitate student participation and independent learning while presenting material in the context of current events by incorporating news articles, media, policy debates, and classroom discussions.
In the future, I am interested in teaching courses in international economics and business, emerging markets, economic development, advanced courses in macroeconomics, and interdisciplinary courses that create an opportunity for students to gain real world experience.
I have mentored and guided the research of several undergraduate students at Fordham University. Along with my research and teaching interests, I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with students in an advising role to help them get the most out of their academic experience.