I am a Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Missouri, Columbia. I have been with the university, and have lived in Columbia, MO, since 2005. In research centering on microeconomic theory with applications in marketing and industrial organization, I have developed several new theoretical models. These new models further our understanding of marketing and online phenomena such as advertising, price experimentation, online vs. retail shopping, mass customization, online marketplace platforms, recommendation systems, and ride sharing. My work has been published in leading journals in the field, including Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Review of Industrial Organization.
Prior to joining MU, I received degrees in Economics (Duke University, PhD, 2005; New Economic School, Moscow, Russia, MSc, 1998) and mathematics (Moscow State University, Russia, BSc, 1995, cum laude), and worked as an economic analyst in a think tank in Moscow (which would now be called a "pre-doc").
I lead several student and professional groups in economics at MU. As the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Department of Economics at MU, I chair Women in Economics, a group of female faculty and graduate students who meet regularly in social settings to support each other's work and careers. I am also the faculty advisor of the Missouri Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society.
Outside of the university, I run long and ultra-long distances, rock climb, ride my bike, practice yoga, enjoy ballroom and tap dancing, and play board games, especially the strategic ("European") variety. I share outdoor activities and intellectual passions with my family: my husband who works remotely from home, and our three kids, the youngest in elementary school and the oldest two in university.