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.  

Benito Arruñada

Business Organization, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

Benito Arruñada (Oct. 27–Nov. 25, 2018) is professor of business organization at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. Former president of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, his research lies in the conjunction of law, economics, and organization and focuses on the organizational conditions that facilitate impersonal exchange, covering from moral systems to property titling and business formalization. Author of Institutional Foundations of Impersonal Exchange (University of Chicago Press, 2012), where he explains how public registries strengthen property rights and reduce transaction costs, analyzes the main tradeoffs in their organization, and proposes a set of principles and policies for successfully developing them. He has advised international agencies, governments, and multinational corporations. Member of the Social Science Advisory Panel of the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Law of Property project.

Suzie Mulesky

Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California

Suzie Mulesky (Aug. 2018 – May 2020) is a visiting scholar funded by University of Southern California's Russell Endowed Fellowship. Her research examines triage in human rights advocacy by unpacking the complex organizational incentives that impact the choices human rights INGOs make regarding which rights violations to expose, which oppressed groups to advocate for, and which perpetrators to target. Her research evaluates how our social understanding of human rights norms—as practiced and implemented by human rights INGOs—may deviate from human rights legal principles, leaving open an "unknown victims" problem. Her research on human rights monitoring has spawned a general interest in human rights advocacy, international human rights law, and human rights norm development.

Leonid Polishchuk

Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Leonid Polishchuk (Sept. 23–Oct. 1 & Oct. 28–Nov. 17, 2018) is an economist with research interests in institutions, political economy, and cultural studies. His work deals with causes and consequences of various institutional pathologies, and with interactions between formal institutions and norms, views and attitudes in the society. Much of his research is motivated by the developments in Russia and other transition countries after the collapse of communism. He holds academic appointments at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Juan Francisco Salazar

Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

Juan Francisco Salazar (Nov. 6–13, 2018) is an associate professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

Marcela Slusarciuc

Department of Human and Social Political Sciences, University „Stefan cel Mare” Suceava, Romania

Marcela Slusarciuc (Aug. 15, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019) is a lecturer in the Department of Human and Social Political Sciences, University „Stefan cel Mare” Suceava, Romania. Her research interests are focused on the cross-border areas with special interest to the cross-border areas placed at the Eastern border of European Union. The aim of the actual research is to investigate and determine a theoretical institutional architecture for the good governance of cross-border regions that could become a contribution to the scientific literature on these regions, by a more multidisciplinary, in-depth look with use of institutions comparative analysis.

Gunnhild Storbekkrønning Solli

Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway

Gunnhild Storbekkrønning Solli (Oct. 21–27, 2018) is a PhD fellow in the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research project concerns groundwater management in Norway and includes investigation into areas such as environmental law, public administrative law, and property law. Her research examines the interaction between public regulation and different ownership models in the management of groundwater in Norway, assessing whether current legislation promotes socioeconomic efficiency, sustainability, and public access to water.

Qingfang Wang

School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside

Qingfang Wang (Aug. 20–Sept. 21, 2018) is professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests lie broadly in inequality and development with a particular concern of minority population and minority communities. Her long-term research on minority entrepreneurship in the United States has examined how different places, which are bounded with formal and informal institutions, have been shaping and reshaped by entrepreneurship activities. Funded by NSF, HUD, Kauffman Foundation, and other agencies, she has published widely on labor market segmentation and ethnic entrepreneurship.

Jonathan Yoder

School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University

Jonathan Yoder (Spring 2019) is a professor in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University.

Lu Zhou

Ronald Coase Center for Property Rights Research, University of Hong Kong

Lu Zhou (Aug. 18, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019) is a fourth-year PhD student from the University of Hong Kong. She is visiting the Ostrom Workshop to develop a theoretic framework for her thesis on the introduction of a pilot land development rights market in Chongqing, China. This policy represents a shift of the problematic Chinese land development quota system from central planning to market allocation, in order to achieve a better balance between urban growth and farm land conservation. She is interested in empirically testing the impact of these new land rights institutions on land use efficiency, labor mobility, social inequality, and economic growth.

Past Visiting Scholars