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.
- “They have good devices”: trust, mining, and the microsociology of environmental decision-making
- Political stakeholder theory: the state, legitimacy, and the ethics of microfinance in emerging economies. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(1), 71-98.
- 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)