Bennet A. Zelner

Associate Professor

3339 Van Munching Hall
Ph.D., University of California

Bennet A. Zelner (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001) studies the governance of economic and political relations. Current interests include the influence of emergent digital technologies such as blockchain on the organization of economic activity, decentralized models of economic development, and cryptocurrency design. Earlier research focused on the business and political challenges posed by the cross-national diffusion of market-oriented reform policies in infrastructure industries such as electricity and telecommunications, and the comparative effects of national renewable energy policies on “green” innovation patterns in Western Europe. Professor Zelner is also involved in an ongoing project examining the effect of the Korean minority shareholder movement on corporate behavior. His research has appeared in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, American Sociological Review and Harvard Business Review. At the Smith School, Professor Zelner teaches classes in economics and global business studies, and he also serves as the Academic Coordinator for MBA Global Business Courses. Outside of school he advises start-ups in the social entrepreneurship space and provides business mentoring to urban youth.