I currently teach a class on advanced managerial strategy at the McCombs School of Business. The goal of this course is to help managers use game theory and other tools from microeconomics to think strategically about business decisions. Topics include game theory, adverse selection, price discrimination, strategic commitment, barriers to entry, and network effects. The course then applies these tools to help students act strategically in the regulatory and legal environments that firms inhabit. Topics include merger analysis by antitrust authorities, strategic use of intellectual property protection, and defenses to hostile takeover attempts.
The course is case-based: For each session, students are expected to familiarize themselves with both the concept to be understood as well as a real-world business dilemma. Thus, students are required to not only grasp the underlying principles but also to apply those principles to formulate successful strategies. I have been placed on the Faculty Honor Roll for the last two years for my "outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to teaching" in this class.
In the past, I have taught courses on managing the political, social, and legal environment that firms operate in. In particular, these courses have provided guidance on media relations, interacting with non-governmental organizations and other interest groups, and understanding political processes in the United States and elsewhere. These courses have also discussed legal strategy, including antitrust compliance and effective intellectual property management.
I am currently developing a class on market design for the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. This course focuses on the theory and practice of designing matching markets, auctions, and other institutions for exchange. The goal of the course is to not only provide a solid grounding in the field of market design but also to encourage students to make their own contributions in this field.
I have also taught a Ph.D. course on the foundations of political economy, covering social choice theory, the theory of elections, and standard models of lobbying.
I have played a substantial role in mentoring four students while completing their Ph.D.:
- Scott Duke Kominers, now an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School;
- Katrina Kosec, now a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute;
- Clayton Featherstone, now an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania;
- Luke P. Rodgers, now an Assistant Professor at Florida State University.