I live in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania with my wife and four boys (pictured below)
My wife and I both hail from Lebanon, Pennsylvania home of the world-famous Lebanon bologna.
I attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and Lebanon Catholic High School, home of the Beavers.
For college, I went to Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar, working at Modell’s in the evenings and summers.
I also spent a summer writing for the Daily Local News of West Chester, where I mostly wrote about the weather
(Dave Barry got his start there … he probably wrote about the weather too).
My wife and I then moved to Laurel, Maryland while I started the PhD program in economics at the University of Maryland.
After one year in our lovely apartment, we decided to buy a house in Cape St. Claire (a wonderful Annapolis, MD neighborhood on the Chesapeake Bay).
At the end of that year, our first son (far right in the picture above) was born.
After completing the core econ PhD work, including the public finance sequence, a political economy sequence, and work in micro-econometrics at Maryland,
I switched to the economics program at George Mason University, completing fields in Public Choice and Industrial Organization there,
while working at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in DC.
After completing the course work, I wrote my dissertation and started the Levy Fellowship at George Mason Law,
working at the Defense Manpower Data Center. Our second son (far left above) was born that year.
I finished law school in 2003, and soon after our third son (sitting) was born.
I spent a year helping to start the Liability Project at the American Enterprise Institute.
We then moved to Tallahassee Florida so I could take a job as an assistant professor of law at Florida State University.
We enjoyed our 3+ years there very much (the South being much nicer than we northerners usually assume), and our 4th son was born in Tallahassee.
After visiting (for various durations) at Northwestern, Southern Cal, Columbia, and Penn, we made our way back to PA.