I am an assistant professor of Economics at Smith College, in Northampton, MA. I was a lecturer in economics at Royal Holloway, University of London. I'm in the final stages of completing my PhD at the University of Siena. I'm originally from Cape Town, South Africa. To get purge the woes of research, I play regular touch rugby, walk and go to the gym; or, my wife and I go to the galleries, museums and theatre (before becoming an economist, I was an aspiring actor - how things change). I appreciate good coffee, good wine and good chocolate.