I was born in The Bronx, NY. I was raised in, Hempstead, Long Island, NY. My hobbies include; cooking, talking with friends and family, reading, running, and singing. I was introduced to the study of economics by my wife. She asked me to attend her macroeconomics class to show me how boring the class was. After class, soliciting feedback from me, she was shocked to find out how much I enjoyed the class. Needless to say, it was love at 1st sight(listen). That same semester I changed my major to economics.
I attended the City University of New York, for BS, and MA, in economics. During those years, it was uncommon to see people of color in my classes. But, I was undaunted, and hungry to learn as much as I could
After graduation: I worked as a math teacher for 7 years, an accountant for 10 years, and a budget analyst for 3 years. But none of these jobs gave me the fulfillment, I had studying economics. So, I finally decided, to throw caution to the wind, and return to school, pursuing my PhD, economics. My specialties are Labor Economics, and Development economics. One of my primary interests is researching the viability of educational attainment as a deterrent to violent crime.