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Director: Dr. Theodore (Ted) Bolema

Dr. Theodore (Ted) Bolema became the founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth in the fall of 2018. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Economics with tenure in the Department of Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1991. He most recently was a Senior Fellow with the Free State Foundation, a think tank specializing in telecommunications policy. He previously served as Director of Policy Research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a policy adviser with the  U.S. Department of Energy. He has taught at Central Michigan University, Wayne State University, and at the George Mason University School of Law. He has  regularly been cited on regulatory law and economics topics in numerous  publications, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, Politico, The Hill, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Business Journal.


Vice Director: Patricia Bradley

Patricia (Pattie) Bradley is the new Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Growth. She joined the Institute as Senior Economist and Associate Educator in June 2019. She earned her Master of Arts in Economics from Wichita State University in 2008 and previously earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Wichita State University. She previously was a Senior Economist with the Center for Economic Development and Business Research in the W. Frank Barton School of Business. Before that, she was an Assistant Vice President for a local bank and also worked as a Business Analyst developing agricultural finance software. Pattie Bradley is well known in the Wichita business community and speaks regularly before Kansas audiences on economic issues. 


Executive Assistant to Director: Christina McDonald

Christina (Chris) McDonald is an Executive Assistant to the Director of the Study of Economic Growth. She returned to Wichita State University in the fall of 2018 after previously serving in other positions at Wichita State University and Friends University in Wichita. 


Faculty: Dr. Siyu Wang

Dr. Siyu Wang is an applied microeconomist who works on bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. Previously she served as a behavioral economist and data scientist at Ford Motor Company and as an assistant professor at Missouri State University, where she directed a behavioral economics laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2016. Her research approach relies on insights from experimental economics, in the tradition of Nobel laureate Vernon Smith, to investigate market mechanisms, managerial policies, and individual behavior. Her research is published in Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. 


Faculty: Dr. Abigail Devereaux

Dr. Abigail Devereaux is the 2020 recipient of the Israel Kirzner award for the best economics dissertation at in the Ph.D. program at George Mason University. From 2018 to 2020 she was a Program Affiliate Scholar at New York University's Classical Liberal Institute. She re-entered academia after seven years in high tech, where she worked as a technical project manager at Wolfram Research and helped run their complex systems summer school. She holds an M.A. degree in mathematics and a B.A. in physics from Boston University. She has published in several journals, including the Journal of Institutional Economics, The American Economist, Review of Austrian Economics, Cosmos & Taxis, and Journal of Private Enterprise. Her theoretical research includes the development of synecological game theory, an analytical bridge between traditional economic theory and agent-based modeling; combinatorial growth theory, explaining world GDP progression as a process of "tinkering and trade," and the theory of piecemeal circumnavigation, which relates technological innovation in mixed reality to entrepreneurial exit. Her applied research includes work on nudge theory, in particular, the implications of algorithmic governance utilizing nudge-type interventions, and the analysis of China’s Social Credit System. 


Faculty: Eric C. Mota

Eric C. Mota is an experienced management consultant and recently earned his Ph.D. from Baylor University's Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. He holds a BS in Economics, an MS in Strategy from Insper Business School, and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Missouri. Eric Mota worked for 11 years as a strategy consultant leading projects in both public and private sectors, including with Deloitte. His work in the public sector involved the deployment of technological innovations and strategies to attract investment, tourism, and qualified workforce. Research wise, Eric Mota is interested in cross-sectoral partnerships (public, private, non-profit), social enterprises, and public policy. This interest emerges from his experience working for companies, governments, and non-profits, and his desire to understand how public policy and private entrepreneurship can be aligned to foster economic development. At Wichita State, he will focus on the application of theories, concepts, and approaches from entrepreneurship and strategy to ventures that address pressing social challenges such as hunger, poverty, health care, and elementary education.