About Smith Research

Smith School faculty members produce research published in top journals and cited by top scholars. Maryland Smith Research highlights the best of this work, focusing on papers published in the 50 business journals used in the Financial Times Research Rank. Maryland Smith is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world for the research that faculty members contribute each year. 

About the Editor

Karen Johnson came to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business after a 20-year career in newspapers. She has written and edited for publications in the U.S. and Canada, including The Wall Street Journal, Canada’s Globe and Mail, the McClatchy Newspaper Company, the Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press. She earned a Pulitzer Prize for her role in editing the Panama Papers, a global investigative reporting project coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

She is passionate about storytelling and education. Editing Smith Brain Trust, she says, is the perfect merger of those two passions. “Every time I speak to our professors, I can’t help but ask, ‘What else are you thinking about or working on these days?’ They have great answers.” 

She loves stories that educate, enlighten and challenge assumptions. She appreciates how good storytellers — and good professors — can take complex, wonky issues and make them accessible and engaging. “I’m continually impressed with the tremendous expertise of the faculty at the Smith School,” she says. “To be able to dream up a business topic, and have some of the world’s foremost experts in their offices a few steps away, you can’t beat that.”

Karen moved from Toronto to Maryland’s rural western Howard County three years ago with her husband and their two children. They now have two Labrador retrievers. She insists she does not want to raise chickens, already, no matter how many times you ask. Email her at kjohns38@umd.edu with questions, comments or story ideas.

Meet Our Team

Smith Brain Trust features bite-sized business insights from the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Editorial staff members provide support.

Carrie Handwerker
Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Carrie works to raise the profile of the Smith School in the news media. As part of these duties, she manages partnerships with the Washington Post’s Capital Business newspaper and Maryland Public Television. Prior to joining the Smith School in 2006, she worked as an editor at a daily business newspaper in Baltimore, Md.

Greg Muraski
Media Relations Specialist

Greg brings more than 20 years of experience to his media relations role. He began as a small-market radio and newspaper reporter. Before coming to the University of Maryland in 2011, he worked in the communications office at Columbus State University in Georgia.

Media Room

Pick Our Brains

Smith Brain Trust experts are ready to connect with the global media. To arrange interviews or learn about the school’s broadcast capabilities, contact Smith’s Marketing Communications Office.

Greg Muraski, Media Relations Specialist, 301-405-5283

Carrie Handwerker, Media Relations Manager, 301-405-5833

Free Article Reprints

Copyrighted content published at Smith Brain Trust is available for media use when outlets provide credit to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Contact Smith’s Marketing Communications Office for terms and conditions.

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We welcome your comments about Smith Brain Trust and other products at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Contact the staff at editor@rhsmith.umd.edu. Please include your name, class year and program (if you are a Smith student or alumnus), and your city, state and/or country. You can also post comments directly below each article. Or you can mail us at: 

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