He is a professor of economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His major research interests are in the arena of the political economy of development. He has published extensively on related topics in the Journal of Applied Econometrics, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Middle East Development Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics,
and International Economic Review.
He has won numerous awards for teaching, including Faculty of the Year for the Executive MBA program, Best Teacher Award for the Warsaw-Illinois Executive MBA, Professor of the Year for the Professional MBA, Economics Graduate Student Organization Award for Teaching Excellence at the Graduate Level, the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students, and the Omicron Delta Epsilon Award for Teaching Excellence at the Graduate Level. He has earned a PhD and an MA in economics from the University of California, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Tehran University.