My courses are designed to spark interest and challenge students. My goal is to help students hone their analytical thinking skills and apply them in real world settings. I encourage students to apply economic principles to a wide range of consumer and family questions with the goal of gaining new insights about consumer, family, and government behavior. I believe it is important to draw applications from current controversial issues (e.g., should Americans be required to have health insurance? In what situations should the government be able to oversee a child's health care rather than her/his parents?). By using current examples, I hope to make the concepts we discuss in class more real and relevant.