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The Challey Institute Faculty Fellows program invites researchers from across disciplines to engage in research that advances our mission in one of its core areas: innovation and entrepreneurship; international trade, investment and immigration; and institutions and policy.

Fellows have knowledge and expertise in a wide array of subject areas. The work they are doing to support our mission is highlighted in one of the focus areas below. 

Fostering Innovative Ecosystems

Xudong Rao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Understanding the dynamics between public and private R&D investment in agriculture. Does public investment crowd out private investment or complement it?

Jeremy Straub, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Examining the impacts of policy related to the defense against cyberattacks on innovation, private enterprise, and growth.

Ranjit Godavarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Transportation and Logistics

Understanding the gig economy, opportunities, and impacts of policy/regulation.

Onnolee Nordstrom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management

Highlighting the activities of family foundations and identifying potential policies/policy changes and how those foundations and their activities would be impacted.

Cheryl Wachenheim, Ph.D.
Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Coordinating a mini-conference that will examine policies/regulations associated with precision agriculture and their impacts.

Shuning Lu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

Journalism innovation in the U.S. and China. What is the influence of policy on journalism innovation?

Rajani Ganesh Pillai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing

Understanding the role of higher education/industry partnerships in innovation. How effective are these partnerships in spurring innovation, and what features of such partnerships are important?

Joshua Marineau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management

Understanding best practices for communities in encouraging entrepreneurial ecosystem development. How can we foster vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems that encourage entrepreneurship from a wide variety of people?

Immigration Policy and Reform

Heath Wing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Examining historical immigration policies on the U.S.-Mexico border, and implications for future policy.

Anupa Sharma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Exploring the relationships between immigration, innovation, and growth, and the ways they are shaped by institutions and policies.

Jeongdoo Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Understanding less-skilled immigrants in the hospitality industry. What kinds of policies might help this group better adjust to their jobs and new environment?

Global Trade and Protectionism

Ganapathy Mahalingam, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture

Providing a graduate seminar introducing students to international digital trade, barriers to international digital trade, and the potential for international digital trade agreements.

Jaeha Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design

Examining institutional and regulatory factors that complicate trade for small businesses.

Derek Lehmberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management

Developing case studies and other course materials dealing with international trade and the complications associated with non-tariff barriers.

The Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Flourishing

Clay Routledge, Ph.D.
Professor of Management

"Existential economics” – what role does meaning in life play in innovation, entrepreneurship, economic mobility, and value placed on liberty and free markets.

Verlin Hinsz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Examining the need for increased adaptability of the workforce for the future.

Policy and Regulatory Barriers to Opportunity

Robert Hearne, Ph.D.
Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Examining institutional constraints on river water management.

Dan Pemstein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Examining digital content regulations and how political considerations affect regulatory burdens.

Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Examining land use regulations’ impacts on housing, and comparing U.S. and China housing markets and the role of markets.

David Hong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting

Examining the impacts of changes in tax law on FDI and domestic investment.



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