Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Smith School, leads the Ed Snider Center as its founding director. Her research, funded by grants from many foundations, notably the Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation, focuses on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for firm and industry evolution and has been published in numerous premier journals in both Management and Economics. The Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society have recognized many of her research articles through Best Paper awards.
At the Smith School, Rajshree teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and also has a firm commitment to outreach. Her research investigating employee entrepreneurship and mobility, for example, is the cornerstone of educational and informative media.
Rajshree is passionate about enabling students to excel in their chosen careers by providing them with the businesses skills and savvy that allow them to embrace enterprise and diffuse their particular knowledge for economic growth and social welfare.
Rajshree has a Master of Arts and PhD in economics from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in economics from Bombay University in her native India. Before coming to the Smith School in 2010, Rajshree taught at the University of Illinois, and at the University of Central Florida.
In 2017, Rajshree was awarded the Distinguished Scholar –Teacher award from the University of Maryland. The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher award honors those UMD faculty members who deliver trailblazing research while teaching excellence in the classroom. Those who accomplish such a prestigious award signify what it means to be passionate and innovative.