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Luigi Zingales, Faculty Director

Zingales is the faculty director of the Stigler Center. His research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in the major economics and financial journals. He also wrote two best-selling books: Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists (2003) with Chicago Booth’s Raghuram G. Rajan, and A Capitalism for the People (2012). In January 2018, he launched a new podcast, Capitalisn’t, with Kate Waldock of Georgetown University.

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Robert H. Gertner, Faculty Advisory Board Member

Gertner is the Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance and the John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous top scholarly journals and teaches courses in strategic decision-making, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

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Sebastian Burca, Associate Director

Burca is the associate director of the Stigler Center, where he oversees the programming and marketing strategy, and supports fundraising and strategic partnerships. A native of Transylvania, Romania, Burca holds a BA from DePaul University and an MA from Northwestern University, where he completed PhD coursework (ABD) in political science.

Rachel Piontek, Assistant Director

Piontek is the assistant director of the Stigler Center, where she manages logistics for the center’s outreach, research, and education initiatives, with a focus on programming and the Journalists in Residence program. Piontek has an MS from the London School of Economics.

Jana Kasperkevic, ProMarket Managing Editor

Kasperkevic is the managing editor at ProMarket. Her work has previously appeared in The Guardian, Marketplace, Inc. Magazine, Houston Chronicle and The Village Voice, among others. She is a graduate of Baruch College, City University of New York, where she earned a BA degree in Journalism and Political Science. In 2017, she spent a quarter at the University of Chicago as a Journalist in Residence at the Stigler Center.

Asher Schechter, ProMarket Writer/Editor

Schechter is a writer and editor at ProMarket. As a journalist, he has mostly covered issues related to political economy such as antitrust, corruption, lobbying, and regulation. Prior to joining the Stigler Center, he worked for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz-TheMarker, where he was a senior features writer and political columnist.

Joey Prebys, Communications Manager

Prebys is responsible for overall communications. She helps in promoting and disseminating the center’s content and initiatives by developing and executing online and offline communications, social media, and newsletter content.

Filippo Lancieri, Research Fellow

Lancieri is a research fellow at the Stigler Center and a JSD Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. His research interests include antitrust, data protection and the political economy of regulation more broadly and his JSD thesis explores the challenges of regulating digital markets. Filippo’s work has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Antitrust Law Journal and the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, among others.

Research Professionals

Fabio da Silva Soares

Soares is a research professional at the Stigler Center, working on projects ranging from geoeconomics and concentration to finance and macroeconomics. He is currently researching the localization of headquarters across the United States and working on projects related to the new coronavirus. Fabio also coordinates the Financial Trust Index, a yearly survey measuring the level of American’s trust in different institutions. He graduated from Carleton College in 2019 with a double major in economics and mathematics.

David Lever

Lever is a research professional at the Stigler Center, working for faculty director Luigi Zingales. Before joining the center, he earned a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Durham and an MPhil in economics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His research interests include political economy, culture, and language.

Pietro Ramella

Ramella is a research professional at the Stigler Center. He has a BSc in mathematics for finance and insurance and an MSc in quantitative finance and insurance from the University of Turin, Italy. Ramella is also an alumnus of the Collegio Carlo Alberto honors program. His research interests include corporate finance and asset pricing.

Joost Sijthoff

Sijthoff is a research professional at the Stigler Center. He has a BSc in economics from Utrecht University, the Netherlands; an MSc in economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Spain; and an MSc in econometrics and mathematical economics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.