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

Biography at a Glance

Tricia Olsen joined the Daniels College of Business in 2011 as an assistant professor. She has conducted wide-ranging research on the political economy of Latin America. She also researches transitional justice and its impact on human rights and democracy, collaborative research for which she is currently funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Olsen received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2011.

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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