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
IU Collaborator: Dean Lueck

Benito Arruñada (Oct. 30–Nov. 18, 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
IU Collaborator: Cyanne E. Loyle

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.

Ridish Pokharel

Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
IU Collaborator: Dean Lueck

Ridish Pokharel (October 29–31, 2018) is a professor in forestry at the Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, who has more than three decades of teaching and administrative experiences. He received his PhD degree from Michigan State University, USA. He worked as principle investigator and co-investigator for a number of research projects related to participatory forestry and produced more than 50 articles as main and co-author in national and international journals and periodicals including book chapters, and also presented several papers in various scientific and professional meetings nationally and internationally. His research area interest includes institutions and governances, community-based forest management, and climate change and adaptation practices. He served as Asst. Dean and Campus Chief at the Institute of Forestry, Pokhara. Currently, he works at Planning Directorate of Tribhuvan University as Executive Director. The major responsibilities include preparing development plans and programs and financial resources for Tribhuvan University and also keeping a close link with the University Grant Commission of Nepal for implementing plans and policy of Tribhuvan University.

Leonid Polishchuk

Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden
IU Collaborators: Michael Alexeev and Regina Smyth

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

School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University
IU Collaborator: Jessica O'Reilly

Juan Francisco Salazar (Nov. 6–13, 2018) is an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and research director of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University. As an anthropologist, communication specialist, and filmmaker, his academic and creative work is concerned with the coupled dynamics of social-environmental change. His latest book is the co-edited volume Anthropology and Futures: Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2017) and his latest film is the award-winning documentary Nightfall on Gaia (2015).

Marcela Slusarciuc

Department of Human and Social Political Sciences, University „Stefan cel Mare” Suceava, Romania
IU Collaborator: Aurelian Craiutu

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
IU Collaborator: Dean Lueck

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.

David Soto-Oñate

Department of Applied Economics, University of Vigo, Spain
IU Collaborators: Lee Alston, Jessica Steinberg, Gustavo Torrens

David Soto-Oñate (Nov. 30, 2018–Nov. 29, 2020) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Vigo, Spain. Among his fields of interest are Institutional Economics, Political Economy, Economic Sociology, and Economic History. He has published on a variety of topics: social capital, the cultural legacy of political institutions, and the international system of liability and compensation for oil pollution damage, among others. His current project investigates the cultural and structural features that are coherent with the formal institutions of the Open Access Social Orders. He will be a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Ostrom Workshop for two years.

Qingfang Wang

School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside
IU Collaborator: Claudia Avellaneda

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
IU Collaborator: Dean Lueck

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
IU Collaborator: Lee Alston

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