About Me


329 Agricultural Admin Bldg
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210



I am an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University.  I completed my PhD at Cornell University in the spring of 2016.

My research focuses on linked dynamics between human welfare and biophysical systems in poor countries, a subject at the nexus of development, health, and resource/sustainability economics. A few of my papers focus on soil degradation, farmer management strategies and farm productivity in rural Uganda. One new paper examines soil fertility, climate shocks and farmer perceptions of soil quality. I am also investigating linkages between soil minerals, crop mineral content, and human health in both Uganda and Ethiopia. A separate strand of my research examines intergenerational income and human capital transmission — and in particular, the role of maternal education and maternal health on later life outcomes. Also, I moderate this geospatial data repository, and I’m on Twitter as leahbevis.

My Cornell committee was chaired by Christopher B Barrett; David Just, Shanjun Li, and Clark Gray (Geography, UNC) were my other members.