Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars Awards inspire young researchers to study entrepreneurship
KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan. 9, 2017) – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the recipient of the 2017 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship and the recipients of the 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. The awards were presented Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Allied Social Science Associations’ annual meeting in Chicago.
The Kauffman Foundation funds a series of programs and initiatives designed to create a substantial body of research on entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Scholars programs assist promising scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, encourage scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognize ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship. These programs support and recognize achievements at each career level of an academic professional. Following are the recipients of this year’s awards:
Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship
As a tribute to Ewing Marion Kauffman and his entrepreneurial work, the Kauffman Foundation established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2005 to inspire young scholars to contribute new insight into the field of entrepreneurship. The Medal, which includes a $50,000 prize, is awarded annually to recognize a scholar early into his or her career as an associate professor or full professor whose research has made a significant contribution to entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Prize is judged by an independent panel of senior scholars from the field. More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at www.kauffman.org/kauffmanprize.
The 2017 recipient, Aaron Chatterji, PhD, is an associate professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth.
Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation and the expanding social mission of business. He was awarded an inaugural Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in 2009 and was a 2005 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow. He also received the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute for his work on business and public policy.
His research has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited by CNN and The Economist. He has authored several op-ed pieces, including in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, appeared on national TV and radio, and was recently profiled in The Financial Times and Fortune. Chatterji has also testified as an expert witness at the House Committee on Small Business and the U.S. Department of State and served as a Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
In his local community, Chatterji serves as a board member for Durham Communities in Schools, an education-focused non-profit. He also advises technology startup companies on innovation and strategy.
Chatterji is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his BA in economics from Cornell University.
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship
The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) annually recognizes up to 20 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. Fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded to the students to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. Including the current Fellows, 208 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can be found at www.kauffman.org/kdf.
The 2017 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are: