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Knowledge @Wharton: April 24, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Erin Currier (Director of Financial Security and Mobility and Student Loans, The Pew Charitable Trusts), Daniel Kelemen (Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), Olivier Chatain (Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy Department; Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation at the Wharton School, HEC Paris), Mark Cohen (Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business), and Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania) on the Tuesday, April 24, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

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Knowledge @Wharton: April 24, 2018 10:00

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Daniel Kelemen, Olivier Chatain

Knowledge @Wharton: April 24, 2018 10:30

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Mark Cohen

Knowledge @Wharton: April 24, 2018 11:00

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Michelle Egan, Brendan O'Leary

Knowledge @Wharton: April 24, 2018 11:30

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Erin Currier

Featured Guests

Erin Currier

Director of Financial Security and Mobility and Student Loans, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Erin Currier directs Pew’s family financial security and mobility project, and its student borrower success project. The financial security program conducts original research to assess balance sheets and their effect on economic mobility across diverse U.S. households, while the student loan project promotes successful repayment of student loans, especially among borrowers at greatest risk for delinquency and default. As the lead on Pew’s ongoing exploration of the status of family finances, Currier oversees a comprehensive research agenda to help inform policymakers and the public.

Currier previously oversaw Pew’s economic mobility project, working to build broad and nonpartisan agreement on the facts and figures related to mobility and to encourage debate on how best to improve opportunity in America. Before coming to Pew, she served as the acting CEO at Women Work! The National Network for Women’s Employment, managing the organization’s federal advocacy efforts.

She has a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from the University of Michigan.

Twitter – @CurrierErin; @pewtrusts
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Daniel Kelemen

Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University


R. Daniel Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University. Kelemen’s research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. His most recent book –

Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) won the Best Book Award from the European Union Studies Association. He is also author of

The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as over forty book chapters and articles in journals including the American Political Science Review, World Politics, International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Journal of European Public Policy. He is editor of Lessons from Europe? What Americans Can Learn from European Public Policies (CQ Press, 2014) and co-editor of The European Union: Integration and Enlargement (Routledge, 2014), The Power of the European Court of Justice (Routledge, 2012), and The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.

Kelemen previously served as the Director of the Center for European Studies at Rutgers University. Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, visiting fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Center of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Twitter – @rdanielkelemen
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Michelle Egan

Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University


Michelle Egan is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam in the School of International Service, American University. She is the author of the recently published book Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford, 2015).

She is past Chair of EUSA, the European Union Studies Association, the largest professional association focusing on European integration and has received a number of fellowships from Bosch Foundation, German Marshall Fund, Howard Foundation, and European University Institute for her research activities. She is a member of Transworld, a multi- institution project on Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance. Her work focuses on comparative regionalism, trade politics, and global governance.

Major Publications:

-Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States (Oxford University Press, 2015)

-‘Compliance in the Single Market’ with Helena Guimaries Business and Politics, April 2013 Volume 14, Issue 4: 1–28

-Research Agendas in EU Studies: Stalking the elephant with Neill Nuen and William Patterson Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

American University – http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/megan.cfm

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Single-Markets-Economic-Integration-Europe/dp/0199280509
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Olivier Chatain

Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy Department; Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation at the Wharton School, HEC Paris


Olivier Chatain’s main research focus is the formal and value-based foundations of strategy with specific applications to buyer-supplier relationships and markets for strategic resources. His latest publication “How Do Strategic Factor Markets Respond to Rivalry in the Product Market?”, forthcoming at Strategic Management Journal , examines how rivalry in the product market shapes competitive interactions and supply in the market for strategic resources. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Review , Management Science and the Strategic Management Journal.

Prior to joining HEC Paris, Olivier served on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

At HEC Paris, Olivier teaches competitive strategy to MBA, MSc and PhD students. Olivier serves as an editorial review board member of the Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science and is also a Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School. His dissertation received the AOM’s Business Policy and Strategy division Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Olivier holds a diploma from ESSEC, an MSc from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, an MSc and a PhD from INSEAD.

Twitter – @HECParis | @OChatain

Mack Institute – https://mackinstitute.wharton.upenn.edu/about/faculty-fellows-management/#1497456553813-04b7718f-d6f9
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Mark Cohen

Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business


Mark A. Cohen has been in the retail business since his graduation from Columbia University in 1971. (MBA ’71, BS Electrical Engineering ’69) He has served over 33 years in the retail industry, 22 of which were in president and chairman/chief executive officer level positions. Most recently he was Chairman/CEO of Sears Canada Inc, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Softlines of Sears Roebuck & Co., Chairman/CEO of Bradlees Inc., and Chairman/CEO of Lazarus Department Stores. He has also held positions with Abraham & Strauss, The Gap, Lord & Taylor, Mervyn’s and Goldsmith’s Department Stores. He has been a Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2006 and teaches courses in Retailing Leadership, Retail Fundamentals, and a Master Class in Creating a Retail Enterprise. He also serves as an independent consultant to both the retail and consumer products industry. He continues to provide media coverage on the industry to CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Financial Network, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Women’s Wear Daily among other outlets.
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Brendan O'Leary

The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania


Brendan O’Leary is an Irish and US citizen, and since 2003 has been the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 22 books; and the author or co-author of over 120 articles or chapters in peer-reviewed journals and university presses, as well as numerous other forms of publication. He is the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz prize of the International Political Science Association which will be presented to him in Istanbul in 2016, for contributions to the study of multinational societies, federalism and power-sharing.

Brendan is the Series Editor of National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and to the British Labour Party during the Irish peace process. He has a BA honors from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1981, first class), and his PhD thesis won the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988.

O’Leary was born in Cork, Ireland. His childhood was spent in Nigeria, and his teenage years in Sudan and in Northern Ireland, where he attended the grammar school, St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower. He won the Irish Times/Trinity College Dublin all-Ireland best individual speaker prize in school debating in 1975, and the Joint Association of Classical Teachers prize for first place in Advanced level Ancient History in 1976. He also won an open scholarship to Keble College Oxford in 1977, where he was tutored by Larry Siedentop, the scholar of Tocqueville and the European Union, and by the economist Paul Collier, with whom he remains in amicable disagreement. O’Leary wrote his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Supervised by the late Professor T.J. Nossiter, it was examined by Professors Ernest Gellner and Nicos Mouzelis, who nominated it for the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize for the best PhD at LSE presented in 1988. It was published as The Asiatic Mode of Production: Oriental Despotism, Historical Materialism and Indian History, with a Foreword by the late Ernest Gellner.

Between 1983 and 2003, O’Leary was on the faculty of the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Political Science. He was the first elected head of the LSE Government Department (1998-2001), and an elected Academic Governor (2000-1). He has been a visiting professor of political science at Uppsala, Sweden, the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and between 2012 and 2016 he is a visiting Professor of Political Science at Queen’s University Belfast.

O’Leary’s academic career has been regularly combined with constitutional advisory work:

• He was a political advisor to the British Labour Shadow Cabinet on Northern Ireland between 1987-8 and 1996-7, advising Kevin McNamara and the late Marjorie (“Mo”) Mowlam, shadow Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland. He advised Irish, British, and American ministers and officials, and the Irish-American Morrison delegation during the Northern Ireland peace process, appeared as an expert witness before the US Congress, and was a guest at the White House in 1994, 1995 and 1998. His ideas on power-sharing are said to have been influential during the Irish peace process. His work with John McGarry on police reform was singled out in the press for influencing the independent commission on police reform which reported in 1999.

• He has been a constitutional advisor for the European Union and the United Nations in the promotion of the confederal and federal re-building of Somalia, and for the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development in consultancies on power-sharing in coalition governments in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, and in Nepal.

• For the United Nations he was a contributing consultant to its 2004 United Nations Human Development Report on Culture and Liberty, and in 2009-2010 he was seconded to the UN as the Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing in the Standby Team of the Mediation Support Unit of the Department of Political Affairs. In that capacity he had field experience in numerous conflict-sites, including in Sudan, South Sudan, Nepal and Kyrgyzstan.

• Since 2003 he has regularly been an international constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, assisting in the negotiation of the Transitional Administrative Law (2004); electoral systems design (2004-5); the Constitution of Iraq (2005); and the draft Constitution of the Kurdistan Region (2005-). He has also been an expert witness on Iraq and Kurdistan to branches of the US Government, and to the United Kingdom’s Iraq Commission.
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