Maryann serves as the Watts Endowed Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.
From 2008 to 2022 she taught as the S.K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Public Policy and from 2017 to 2022 was an adjunct professor of finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. In addition, Maryann served as the faculty director of CREATE. Her research and teaching focus on the geography of innovation, the commercialization of academic research and the factors that promote technological change and economic growth.
Among her honors, Maryann was awarded the 2013 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. She is the editor of Research Policy, and has written for numerous journals, including the American Economic Review and The Brookings Papers on Economic Policy.
Maryann earned a doctorate in economics and management and a master’s degree in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.