Professor Vaaler has been a member of the SME Department since 2007. Prior to that he was on the faculty of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) School of Business. Professor Vaaler is also an affiliated member of the University of Minnesota Law School and Oxford Univesity's Said Business School. Professor Vaaler studies issues in strategic management and international business with special interests in risk and investment by firms and individuals doing business in emerging-market countries. He is the author and editor of books published by MIT Press and Kluwer Academic Publishers, and journal articles published in Academy of Management Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Review of Development Economics, Strategic Management Journal and other academic journals. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal and International Journal of Strategic Change Management. He is Associate Editor of Academy of Management Perspectives and Co-Editor of the Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal. Professor Vaaler is a lawyer with private practice and government experience. He received his B.A. in History from Carleton College, his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Current Research Interests: Immigrants and venture investment in developing countries; elections and investment in emerging democracies; risk and capital structure in emerging-market investment projects
Editorial Appointments: Co-Editor, Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal; Associate Editor, Academy of Management Perspectives; Editorial Review Board Member, Academy of Management Journal and International Journal of Strategic Change Management
Faculty and Administrative Appointments: Associate Professor, SME Department, University of Minnesota, 2007-Present; Faculty Affiliate, Law School, University of Minnesota, 2010-present
Honors and Awards: Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Business & Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002-2003; James L. Paddock Best Teacher Award, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2005; Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2007; Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Minnesota Law School, 2010-Present; Visiting Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2010-2011; Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business & Development, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2012; Affiliated Faculty Member, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2012-Present; Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, International Division, 2013.