My work as a nutrition scholar lies at the intersection between nutrition science and nutrition economics. The goals of my research are to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations to solve nutrition problems, and to improve causal inference in nutrition. I focus mainly on children in farm families in low-income countries.
Causal inference in nutrition
2019 Letter to the editor of American Journal of Physical Anthropology, with Joseph Cummins. In this letter, we discuss how measurement error in child age does (and does not) affect nutrition research.
2019 article in the Annual Review of Resource Economics, with William A. Masters. Through a literature review, we compare and contrast the epistomologies of nutrition economics and nutrition science with the goal of improving understanding between the fields which are both focused on nutrition improvement. Link to e-print provided by Annual Reviews.
2019 article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with William A. Masters. In this article, we correct the gradient of height-for-age by month of birth for a common type of age misreporting and provide a procedure for other researchers to do the same if they are interested in seasonal exposures that affect child nutritional status. Link (open access).
2018 article in The Journal of Nutrition on missing anthropometric data in the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), with Matthew Hutchinson. In this article, we describe the differences in socioeconomic characteristics between children who had available anthropometric data in the DHS and those who did not. Link.
2018 Letter to the editor of The Lancet Public Health with Marc F. Bellemare, outlining concerns with causal inference in a recent study published there about carbohydrate intake and mortality. Link (open access).
Agriculture, economic development and child nutrition
2020 article Can shorter mothers have taller children? in Economics and Human Biology, with William A. Masters. In this piece, we describe the intergenerational transmission of height from mothers to children using rank-order regression.
2020 conference presentation at the (first ever virtual!) Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting on the intergenerational transmission of nutritional status from mothers to their children. Link here to download PDF working paper version from AgEconSearch.
2019 conference abstract for the American Society of Nutrition, published in Current Developments in Nutrition, on sex-specific vulnerability to malnutrition within pairs of twins, with Robel Alemu and William A. Masters. Link (abstract).
2018 conference presentation at the Liberal Arts Colleges - Development Conference (LACDev) at Middlebury College, with Taylor Marzouca and William A. Masters. This study uses rank-order regression to improve the stability of coefficient estimates for the intergenerational transmission of heights. Link.
2018 article in Food Policy on the intrahousehold distribution of foods in rural Nepal, with Laurie Miller, Neena Joshi, Shubh Mahato, Mahendra Lohani, Julia Drozdowsky, and Beatrice Rogers. Link.
2017 article in PLOS ONE on nutrition smoothing with William A. Masters, using triple difference-in-differences with data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Link (open access).
2016 article in Food Policy on the impact of a nutrition-sensitive community intervention on child dietary quality, with Laurie Miller, Neena Joshi, Shubh Mahato, Mahendra Lohani, and Beatrice Rogers. Link.
2016 conference presentation at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting on the intrahousehold distribution of foods in rural Nepal, with Laurie Miller, Neena Joshi, Shubh Mahato, Mahendra Lohani, Julia Drozdowsky, and Beatrice Rogers. Link (abstract).
2015 article in Food Security on urbanization, markets, and malnutrition, with William A. Masters. Link (open access).
2012 conference presentation at the American Society for Nutrition on child food consumption patterns and dietary quality in rural Nepal, with Laurie Miller, Beatrice Rogers, Mahendra Lohani, Shubh Mahato, and Neena Joshi. Link (abstract).
Civil conflict and child nutrition
2021 article Conflict and health: Building on the role of infrastructure in World Development with Shanna Kirschner on the moderating relationship of infrastructure on the adverse consequences of civil insecurity for child health.
2019 conference presentation at the Peace Science Society International at Kansas State University on the infrastructure-related mechanisms for adverse effects of civil conflict on child health, with Shanna Kirschner.
2017 article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on civil conflict and child heights in Africa. Link.
2015 conference presentation for the American Society of Nutrition on civil conflict and child health in Africa. Link (abstract). This paper was a finalist for the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition.
2014 conference presentation at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting on market access and child nutrition in the context of civil conflict. Link (abstract). This project won an American Society for Nutrition Predoctoral Fellowship Award in 2014.
Food systems in the United States
2017 conference proceedings for the American Society of Nutrition on seasonal aspects of food deserts in the United States, with Sophia Stabley and Rebecca Boehm. Link (abstract).
2016 article in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene on the carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land, with Christian Peters, Jamie Picardy, Jennifer Wilkins, Timothy Griffin, and Gary Fick. Link (open access).
2014 article in Agricultural Systems on land-use efficiency of major livestock products in the U.S., with Christian Peters, Jamie Picardy, and Timothy Griffin. Link.
Teaching and pedagogy
2019 roundtable discussion at the LaRoche University Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on formally embracing productive failure as part of learning, with Lydia Eckstein and Lisa Whitenack.