I think my friends would describe me as thoughtful, sincere, irreverent, playful and maybe a bit eccentric. I feel I'm at my best around people who are passionate about ideas, comfortable in their skin, who have a strong affinity for coffee shops/caffeine, and who are emotionally and socially curious. I really like learning from others (and in more recent years, teaching students who genuinely care about a topic).
My favorite people in the world are probably my two little nephews and my baby niece who I named (Amaya - i constantly remind her of this to extract hugs). All three are adorable, scarily observant, and have a merciless knack for Uno. Bono is somewhere in my top ten. Admittedly, I watch too much television. Mainly reality shows (all 33 seasons of Survivor) and sports (with strong loyalties to my Vikings, but also NBA, golf, Fed), and in campaign years, I devour anything dealing with the political horse-race (especially, MTP, RCP, 538). Like others, I've been consumed/fascinated/disheartened by this current election, in part since it reflects a convergence of so many guilty pleasures and genuine interests. I'm not averse to the quality scripted drama or comedy (e.g., GOT, Veep, Rome, Silicon Valley -- the Wire, House of Cards, Breaking Bad and early West Wing are on the docket).
I have an insatiable appetite for (credible) social psychology research, some aspects of pop-culture, politics, and movies (and movie critique). Chris Nolan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher, PTA and well, Spielberg are current (living) favorites. I've been battling a lip balm addiction for 15 years, and a caffeine addiction for almost as long. I'm curious why people do the things they do and feel lucky that i get to explore these questions for a living.
Recently I also started working on a series of projects on happiness and emotional well-being. Last two papers were on gender differences in love, and whether kids lead to parental happiness -- standard topics for any economist...
My only "real" job was a short stint in consulting at mckinsey after undergrad. Unfortunately, I was too young/shy at the time to take full advantage of the all open tabs and jet-setting : )
2. U2 and music more generally
3. Email, ESPN, Politico, the Atlantic, New Republic, RCP
5. Food - Shelter - Water
6. (Certain) Other Humans
7. Autonomy (and freedom from numerical rules...)
Someone who's content having dinner/drinks with friends and likes my lasagna, fajitas and very spicy chicken curry, probably works too...