Visiting Scholars

At any given time during the academic year, the Ostrom Workshop hosts an average of 8–10 long-term visitors as well as numerous short-term visitors from around the world.  

Ivo Baur

Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN), Agroscope, Ettenhausen, Switzerland

Ivo Baur (October 17, 2016–January 18, 2018) is a post-doc scholar funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. His research focuses on agriculture and sustainability, in particular on the governance of summer pastures in the alpine regions of Switzerland. Before joining the Ostrom Workshop as a visiting scholar, he worked at Agroscope, in the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). He holds a PhD in Geography, obtained from the LMU Munich in Germany.

Marcela Feital Benedetti

Department of Sociology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Marcela Feital Benedetti (August 28–November 3, 2017) is a Sociology PhD student. Her research focuses on transition societies formed from the displacements influenced by climate change, in particular on the decision-making arena that pushes different social groups to the transitional condition. In order to achieve the research goals, a case study was suggested: Shishmaref, a native community in Alaska (USA), being impacted by rising sea levels resulting from global warming. This case presents a good study opportunity, as, often, the migration is showed as inevitable for several whole societies. This research is supported by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior) in Brazil.

Jon Eldon


Jon Eldon (January 8–May 4, 2018) is an agricultural ecologist with a background in evolutionary biology and an interest in ecosystem management, farmer adaptation, and experimental design. He recently returned from several years of research in West Africa, where he partnered with local and international NGOs to conduct extensive on-farm trials of alternative crop and soil management strategies. He will be working with the Ostrom Workshop to further explore the relationship between agricultural research and official management recommendations, with a particular focus on smallholder production systems in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also worked in the South Pacific and Western United States, and he received his PhD from the University of California–Santa Cruz in 2017. 

Murat Iyigun

Department of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder

Murat Iyigun (September 17–29, 2017), PhD, Brown University, 1995, is a professor specializing in the economics of the family, economic development, and growth and cliometrics. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany, and a founding fellow of the Association for Analytical Learning on Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). Prior to joining Colorado in 2000, he served as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Some of Professor Iyigun’s research has been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, and other leading journals. He is currently the coeditor of the Journal of Demographic Economics (JODE) published by Cambridge University Press. His general-interest book, War, Peace, and Prosperity in the Name of God, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.

Haiyan Lu

School of Public Administration, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology


Haiyan Lu (August 10, 2017–August 9, 2018) is a visiting scholar funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Her research focuses on non-profit organizations, labor politics, and social governance, in particular on the community governance in the authoritarian state. Before joining the Ostrom Workshop as a visiting scholar, she worked at the School of Public Administration, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology. She holds a PhD in Politics, obtained from Wuhan University in China.

Dominic Parker

Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dominic Parker (October 28–November 18, 2017) is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research spans topics in natural resource and development economics and includes studies of conflict minerals, oil boomtowns, land conservation, fishery reform, and indigenous communities. This research aims to  better understand the factors explaining the extent to which individuals and societies benefit from their natural resource endowments, focusing on the role of property rights, governance, and regulation.

Manuel Teodoro

Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Mannny Teodoro (October 16–21, 2017) is an associate professor in political science at Texas A&M University. His scholarship stands at the nexus of politics, public policy, and public management, with emphases on American environmental policy. His public management and bureaucratic politics research emphasizes public administration labor markets as political phenomena and predictors of organizational performance. Another line of Professor Teodoro’s research focuses on US environmental policy, examining the drivers of compliance and enforcement under federal environmental regulations. This work includes explorations of implementation as a matter of environmental justice, with attention to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status as predictors of environmental policy implementation. Professor Teodoro also pursues a line of applied research on utility management, policy, and finance, working with industry leaders on management and policy issues. He has developed novel methods for analyzing utility rate equity and affordability, and in 2013 completed the first comprehensive study of American water utility CEOs.

Past Visiting Scholars