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Private Governance Workshop

 Workshop Organizers and Out-of-Town Guests

David P. Baron, David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy and Strategy, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business

David P. Baron is the David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy and Strategy (Emeritus) in the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. For thirteen years, he taught in the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He has published in the fields of industrial organization, economic theory, political science, political economy, business strategy, and finance. He has published over 100 articles and three books, one of which is in its seventh edition. His current research focuses on private politics and political economy.

Representative Writing: The Market for Activism

Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, Director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship, Faculty Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Daniel Diermeier is the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice in the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences as well as the Director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship and the Kellogg Public-Private Interface Initiative at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also has faculty appointments in political science, economics, linguistics, and the school of law. Professor Diermeier's teaching and research includes areas such as political institutions, crisis and reputation management, and private politics. He has published two books, and over 80 research articles. Professor Diermeier is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and has received numerous other awards including the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute in 2007, and multiple teaching awards including the 2001 Kellogg Professor of the Year Award and the 2013 Alumni professor of the Year Award. Diermeier advises some of the world's leading companies such as Abbott, Baxter International, BP, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, McDonald's, Shell, and many others.

Representative Writing: Corporate Reputational Dynamics, Private Regulation, and Activist Pressure

Carolyn Kaeb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Affiliated Faculty, Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Caroline Kaeb is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she teaches Corporate Compliance and the Social Mandate, Corporations, European Business Law, and European Union Law. Ms. Kaeb is an affiliated faculty member at the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Management. Her research focuses on international business law and the behavioral economics of Corporate Social Responsibility regulation. Ms. Kaeb earned her Ph.D. in International Studies (International Law & Economics) from the University of Trento, Italy, with a dissertation that employs a comparative legal understanding of corporate risks, motivational drivers, and unintended consequences in relation to endogenous and exogenous measures of corporate social responsibility implementation, particularly liability litigation in the United States and Europe. Ms. Kaeb served as a consultant on social investment and innovative business strategies with "Mission Measurement LLC," a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, and was a consultant with the "Global Network Initiative" on freedom of expression and privacy rights in information and communication technologies. Her work has been featured in the Berkley Journal of International Law and the American Journal of International Law, among others.

Representative Writing: America's Corporate Shield and Europe's Enterprise Responsibility - Following the Rana Plaza Disaster

Brayden G. King, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Brayden King is a sociologist and an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His research looks at the consequences of social movements striving to create social, organizational, and legislative change. Another stream of research looks at the social foundations and consequences of organizational identity and reputation.

Representative Writing: Reputational Dynamics of Private Regulation  

Sarah E. Light, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Sarah E. Light is currently an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches Environmental Law and Policy, and Negotiation. Previously, Light served for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Civil Division, and for four years as the Chief of the Office's Environmental Protection Unit. In that capacity, Light represented federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and others in affirmative and defensive environmental litigation. While serving as an AUSA, Light taught Environmental Law and Policy at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and served as a pro bono mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also previously taught at Fordham Law School and Brooklyn Law School. Light's scholarly articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Tulane Law Review, and forthcoming works will be published in the U.C.L.A. Law Review and the Boston College Law Review. Light earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in Politics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Representative Writing: The Military-Environmental Complex

Thomas (Tom) P. Lyon, Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce; Professor of Business Economics, Professor of Natural Resources, Michigan Ross School of Business

Thomas P. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, with appointments in both the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. From 2006-2011 he served as Director of UM's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Professor Lyon is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands. His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, is the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topic. Professor Lyon earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Stanford University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa, Resources for the Future, the University of Bonn, Georgetown University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the University of Paris. Professor Lyon serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. His current research focuses on corporate environmental information disclosure, greenwash, and voluntary programs for environmental improvement.

Representative Writing: Competing Environmental Labels

Nolan McCarty, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics. His research interests include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He is the co-author of three books: Political Game Theory (Cambridge University Press with Adam Meirowitz), Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (MIT Press with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal), and Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (Princeton University Press with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal). He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Representative Writing: The Regulation of a Complex Industry

Jodi Short, Associate Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law

Jodi Short is an Associate Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law.  Her research is on the intersection of public and private regulatory regimes in domestic and transnational business regulation.  Her work has examined the effects of corporate internal compliance auditing on regulatory performance and shown how robust regulatory enforcement encourages corporations to implement effective internal compliance systems. Her current research investigates private efforts to enforce labor standards in global supply chains through codes of conduct and social auditing.

Representative Writing: Codes in Context: How States, Markets, and Civil Society Shape Adherence to Global Labor Standards

Sarah A. Soule, Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Sarah A. Soule is the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (e-mail: Her research focuses on how social movements impact organizational processes, and how organizational theory and models can shed light on social movement processes. Recent publications may be found in the American Journal of Sociology, Strategic Management Journal, the American Sociological Review, and the Administrative Science Quarterly.  She has published a book on how public protest impacted U.S, corporations between 1960 and 1990, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has also published a book, co-authored with David Snow, entitled A Primer on Social Movements (W.W. Norton and Company). She is a co-founder of the journal, Sociological Science, and currently serves as a Deputy Editor for this journal. She is also the Editor of the Cambridge University Press series on Contentious Politics.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University.

Representative Writing: Social Movements as Extra-institutional Entrepreneurs: The Effect of Protests on Stock Price Returns

Michael P. Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Co-Director,Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Director, Climate Change Research Network, Vanderbilt University Law School 

Michael Vandenbergh is a leading scholar in environmental and energy law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation. His work with Vanderbilt's Climate Change Research Network involves interdisciplinary teams that focus on energy use and carbon emissions from the household sector. His corporate work explores the influence of social norms on firm behavior and private environmental governance. His articles have appeared in leading law journals including the Columbia Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, The Michigan Law Review, and the New York University Law Review, and in science journals such as The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, and Energy Policy. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, Professor Vandenbergh was a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He served as Chief of Staff of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-95, and as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1987-88.  A winner of the Hall-Hartman teaching award, he teaches courses in environmental law, energy, and property. Professor Vandenbergh has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School.

Representative Writing: Private Environmental Governance

Alan E. Wiseman, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law (by Courtesy), Vanderbilt University

Alan Wiseman is a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and he has research and teaching interests in American political institutions and positive political economy, focusing on legislative and electoral politics, regulation, bureaucratic politics, and business-government relations. He is the author of The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), and has published research in numerous journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the causes and consequences of legislative effectiveness in the United States congress; and he is also working on several projects related to the politics of rulemaking and industry self-regulation. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty, he served on the faculty of The Ohio State University for eight years. He has also held a visiting appointment at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and he has served as a visiting economic scholar at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Representative Writing: Governmental Regulation and Self-Regulation




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