Tricia Olsen, PhD
Daniels 689
Associate Professor
Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies
Tricia Olsen

Biography at a Glance

Dr. Olsen (Associate Professor and Marcus Faculty Fellow) teaches and studies about the political economy of development in emerging economies, with a focus on Latin America. In addition to publishing widely in business ethics, management, and political science outlets, she has consulted for the United Nations Business & Human Rights Working Group and the World Bank, among other organizations. Olsen’s work has been funded by USAID, NSF, the British Academy, and the Carnegie Corporation. She is the co-director of the Daniels-Korbel Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate. Olsen received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

Featured Research


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin
  • BA, Latin American Studies, Carleton College

Academic Professional Activities

  • Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (USIP Press, 2010). With L. Payne and A. Reiter.
  • “New Actors in Microfinance Lending: The Role of Regulation and Competition in Latin America,” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Vol. 9, No. 3–4, 2010.
  • “At What Cost? A Political Economy Approach to Transitional Justice,” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol. 6, Issue 1, July 2010. With L. Payne and A. Reiter.
  • “The Justice Balance: When Transitional Justice Improves Human Rights and Democracy,” Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 32, Issue 4, November 2010. With L. Payne and A. Reiter.
  • “Taking Stock: Market Effects and Transitional Justice,” The Journal of Human Rights, forthcoming. With A. Reiter and E. Wiebelhaus-Brahm.

Academic Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, Daniels College of Business

Grants and Awards

  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship in Brazil and Mexico (2008–2009)
  • National Science Foundation/Arts and Humanities Research Council (2009–2012)
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar Award (2010–2011)
  • TATA Graduate Research Grant for Research on Contemporary India (2009–2010)

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