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Austen-Smith Named Peterson Professor in Corporate Ethics

January 31, 2008 | by Megan Washburn
EVANSTON, Ill. --- David Austen-Smith, Earl Dean Howard Distinguished Professor of Political Economy at Northwestern University, has been named the inaugural Peter G. Peterson Professor in Corporate Ethics.

An internationally recognized political scientist, Austen-Smith holds appointments in managerial economics and decision sciences in the Kellogg School of Management, political science and economics.

His principal research interests focus on legislative and nonmarket influences on economic decision-making, the theory of collective decision-making, social choice, game theory and microeconomics.

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Austen-Smith has published numerous articles and four books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a charter member of the Game Theory Society.

Austen-Smith, who received the Sidney J. Levy Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006, is co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and an associate editor for Social Choice and Welfare and Games and Economic Behavior.

With fellow Kellogg faculty members Adam Galinsky and Timothy Feddersen, he developed a new ethics course at the Kellogg School of Management titled Values Based Leadership.

After serving on the faculty at the University of York in England and the University of Rochester, Austen-Smith joined Northwestern's faculty in 1996.

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