Brendan Epstein double majored in Economics and Music at Columbia University, and he received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is a former Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. At the Fed he worked in the Division of International Finance on macroeconomic and international finance topics including empirical analysis and forecasting. Moreover, he was involved in the development of a host of special projects for Federal Reserve Governors as well as the Federal Open Market Committee. Concurrently with his tenure at the Fed he developed classes for JHU’s AAP MS in Applied Economics program. Actively involved in academic research, his work is published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Review of Economic Dynamics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics.