CV (updated August 2023)
I am an Assistant Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business working at the nexus of strategy, economics, and public policy. My research studies the drivers and consequences of innovation, with a three-part program examining the effects of automation on workers, firms, and labor markets; the historical origins of U.S. leadership in science and technology since the second World War; and the use of incentives and other tools in managing creative workers within organizations. My work often uses historical examples of industries undergoing significant technological change as a lens into the present and future.
I have a growing body of work that specifically studies crisis innovation policy and strategy, and the effects of crisis R&D efforts on post-crisis innovation, entrepreneurship, industry dynamics, regional economies, and research policy. You can find interviews discussing my ongoing work on these themes here (with Matt Hourihan at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences) and here (with Jim Pethokoukis at the AEIdeas blog), and a more complete discussion across papers at the NBER Reporter.
My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (via a research grant program at the NBER), and has been covered in national and international outlets including the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, Vox, Harvard Business Review, and podcast series such as NPR's Planet Money and Freakonomics Radio. It has additionally been cited in Congressional testimony and in the Economic Report of the President, and in reports from leading policy institutes such as the Brookings Institution and American Enterprise Institute.
My email address can be found in my CV. Papers are on my research page.