(CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – NOV. 7, 2019) The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Duke University have announced the selection of the 2020 Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship recipients. Five individuals from the fields of economics and entrepreneurship will spend a year strengthening collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, contributing to the schools’ teaching missions, and providing at least one major public lecture or performance.
This year’s recipients are Tom Byers, faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at Stanford University; Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a fund focused on women-, minority- and LGBTQ-led startups; Yael Hochberg, Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University; Edward Lazear, Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Davies Family Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, visiting associate professor of finance at MIT Sloan School of Management.
The Keohane Professorship was established in 2004 to recognize the contributions of Dr. Nannerl Keohane during her term as president of Duke University, and the unprecedented level of cooperation she and then-UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser created between their two institutions. The 2020 recipients will work closely with an entrepreneurship project team consisting of Ted Zoller, director of the UNC Entrepreneurship Center; Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Jon Fjeld, director of the Duke Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative; Chris Bingham, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; and David Robinson, director of research at the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
About the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise develops and promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world. Learn more at kenaninstitute.unc.edu.
MacKenzie Babb, Director of External Affairs