Rajshree Agarwal

Connect on LinkedInRajshree Agarwal, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses her research on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for firm and industry evolution.

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Adina Dabu

Connect on LinkedInAdina Dabu is based at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. Her primary research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, the diffusion of management knowledge in less developed economies, the ethics of market processes, and qualitative methodology.


Protiti Dastidar

Connect on LinkedInProtiti Dastidar, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has interests in business globalization including multinationality and performance, liability of foreignness, merger and acquisition performance, and cross-border waves in mergers and acquisitions. As a consultant she provides strategic advice for leading companies and government agencies in Europe.


Kylie King

Connect on LinkedInKylie King is based at Champlain College. Her research interests include evaluating the impact of individual and team level variables on team constructs. Kylie formerly was Director of the Smith School’s QUEST Undergraduate honors Program.


Evan Starr

Connect on LinkedInEvan Starr, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, examines issues at the intersection of human capital accumulation, employee mobility, entrepreneurship, and innovation. A recent set of projects utilizing employee-employer matched data and survey data examined the use and impacts of non-compete agreements and their enforceability on the provision of firm-sponsored training, employee mobility and earnings, and on the creation, growth, and survival of new ventures. His work has been cited by President Obama’s White House in policy papers about non-compete agreements.

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David M. Waguespack

Connect on LinkedInDavid M. Waguespack, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on non-market influences, such as social networks and political institutions, on innovation and venture performance. He pursues these questions in the domains of film production and distribution, internet technology development, international patenting, and environmental management.

Finance & Regulation

Francesco D’Acunto

Francesco D’Acunto, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School, researches empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and innovation, and cultural finance. Has has examined issues such as about the impact Dodd-Frank legislation on the mortgage lending industry.

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Paul Dragos Aligica

Paul Dragos Aligica is a senior research fellow and senior fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Aligica specializes in institutional theory, public choice, social change, and Austrian economics. He has authored seven books. His recent book Institutional Diversity and Political Economy: The Ostroms and Beyond was published in 2014.

Mike Faulkender

Connect on LinkedInMike Faulkender, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on empirical corporate finance in the areas of capital structure, risk management, corporate liquidity, and executive compensation. His work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and The New York Times. He was awarded the Barclay’s Global Investors / Michael Brennan Best Paper Award in the Review of Financial Studies in 2013, was runner up for that prize in 2006, and won the Jensen Prize for Corporate Finance Ð Second Prize in the Journal of Financial Economics in 2013.

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Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic

Connect on LinkedInVojislav (Max) Maksimovic, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, investigates how a firm’s organizational structure affects the flow of resources across its divisions. He has also worked on how competition in high technology industries determines the timing of initial public offerings. Maksimovic is interested in international finance, specifically in how a country’s legal and institutional environment influences the financing and investment by firms. Maksimovic’s research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Alberto Rossi

Connect on LinkedInAlberto Rossi, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, portfolio choice and financial econometrics. His recent work concentrates on networks, institutional investors’ performance, and the risk-return trade-off in financial markets. He also studies stock return predictability and commodity markets. Professor Rossi’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies.

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Business & Society

Jóhanna Kristín Birni

Jóhanna Kristín Birnir, based at the University of Maryland College Park department of Government and Politics, studies the effect of identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) on contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes and in South-East Europe. Jóhanna´s book Ethnic Electoral Politics examines the relationship between political access and minority strategic choice of peaceful electoral participation, protest or violence against the state. Her current project examines the relationship between identity (ethnicity and religion) and minority peaceful and violent political mobilization.

Serguey Braguinsky

Serguey Braguinsky, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research interests in the fields of economics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth, and also in economics of incentives, institutions, and property rights. Has has written extensively about the Meiji-Era Japanese Cotton Spinning Industry. He was born in Moscow, the former Soviet Union, and educated at Moscow State University and has taught and studied in Japan.

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Christy Ford Chapin

Christy Ford Chapin based at the University of Maryland Baltimore studies twentieth-century political history. Her interests include political, business, and economic history as well as capitalism studies. Her book, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Insurance System, was published by Cambridge University Press in summer 2015. The book won the 2016 Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference. She is now at work on a new project, The U.S. Economy and the Emergence of Financial Capitalism.

Christina Elson

Connect on LinkedInChristina Elson, based at the Smith School, has a background in both Anthropology and Business. Her research interests focus on cultural identity and the reasons that teams and organizations flourish or fail. She uses tools such a Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Moral Foundations Theory to teach human-centered approaches to enterprise. Christina also serves and the Managing Director of The Ed Snider Center and Managing Editor of Snider Focus.

Brian Kogelmann

Brian Kogelmann, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of Philosophy, researches the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. He is currently investigating the methodology and structure of public reason liberalism.

Chris Morris

Chris Morris, based at the University of Maryland College Park Philosophy Department, investigates moral and political philosophy, practical ethics, legal theory, and the theory of practical rationality. Some of his current research develops the implications of his book An Essay on the Modern State for international affairs and world order and, in particular, legitimacy. Other topics he is interested in include justice and reasons for action and a number of questions about moral standing.

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Mircea Raianu

Mircea Raianu, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of History, studies the evolution of capitalism in modern South Asia. His primary research project charts the historical trajectory of Tata, India’s largest corporate group since the early twentieth century, from family firm to diversified industrial enterprise. More broadly, he is interested in the relationship between national and global markets, the development of infrastructure and human capital, and the ethics and politics of business activity in emerging economies.

David B. Sicilia

David B. Sicilia, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of History, also is a Henry Kaufman Fellow, Center for Financial Policy, at the Smith School. His research and teaching centers on business, economic, and technology history and includes a special emphasis on the history of capitalism. Sicilia is known for his expertise in applying historical analysis to contemporary issues. His book, Greenspan Effect: Words that Move the World’s Markets, co-authored with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank, was voted a Library Journal Best Business Book of the Year. He is active in consulting and also frequently appears in local, national, and international print and broadcast media.

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Steve Sonka

Steve Sonka, is an eminent agricultural economist with extensive experience in innovation and development in the global agricultural sector. He is interested in big data and its potential to drive innovative change and enable decision-makers to better anticipate and understand the implications of innovation in the sector. He is the founding Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois and is currently leading a multi-year Rockefeller grant to study these issues in Africa.

John Wallis

John Wallis, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of Economics, researches the interaction of economic and political development, particularly in the case of the United States. His primary interest is in understanding why governments behave the way the do, with particular emphasis on the kinds of government policies that promote or retard economic development by applying tools of economic analysis, quantitative and theoretical, to the history of American government. Since the early 1990s, he has worked towards understanding early American government and the critical decades of the 1830s and 1840s.

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Technology & Innovation

Joe Bailey

Connect on LinkedInJoe Bailey, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research and teaching interests that span issues in telecommunications, economics, and public policy with an emphasis on the economics of the Internet. This area includes an identification of the existing public policies, technologies, and market opportunities that promote the benefits of interoperability. He is currently studying issues related to the economics of electronic commerce and how the Internet changes competition and supply chain management. Joe serves as the Executive Director of the Smith School’s QUEST undergraduate Honors Program as well as founding MQUEST, a similar program for graduate students.

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C. Scott Dempwolf

Connect on LinkedInC. Scott Dempwolf, based at the University of Maryland College Park Urban Studies and Planning Program is also the Director of the UMD’s Morgan State Center for Economic Development. His research examines relationships between innovation, manufacturing and economic development in global and regional contexts. Scott practiced community and economic development for over 20 years at the neighborhood, city, county and regional levels prior returning to academia.

Brent Goldfarb

Connect on LinkedInBrent Goldfarb, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on how the production and exchange of technology differs from more traditional economic goods, with a focus on the implications on the role of startups in the economy. He focuses on such questions as how do markets and employer policies affect incentives to discover new commercially valuable technologies and when is it best to commercialize them through new technology-based firms? Why do radical technologies appear to be the domain of startups? And how big was the boom?

David Kirsch

Connect on LinkedInDavid Kirsch, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research interests that include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure, and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries. In 2003, he co-authored an article on the Electric Vehicle Company that received the IEEE Life Members Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. He also is interested in methodological problems associated with historical scholarship in the digital age. He is building a digital archive of the Dot Com Era that will preserve at-risk, born-digital content about business and culture during the late 1990s.

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