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Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales, Faculty Director

Zingales is the faculty director of the Stigler Center and the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at Chicago Booth. 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, about the ways capitalism is—or more often isn’t—working in our world today.

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Robert H Gertner

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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Veronica Guerrieri

Veronica Guerrieri, Faculty Advisory Board Member

Guerrieri is the Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Faculty Scholar at Chicago Booth and the co-director of the Macroeconomics Research Initiative at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. She studies macroeconomics, labor and financial market frictions, search theory, dynamic contracting, and growth theory. She is a managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies and a member of the board of editors of the Journal of Economic Literature.

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Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram G. Rajan, Faculty Advisory Board Member

Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between September 2013 and September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. His research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role finance plays in it. His most recent book is The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (2019).

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Christopher Wheat

Chris Wheat, Director

Wheat is the director of the Stigler Center. Chris joined the Center from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he served as Strategy and City Engagement director for the American Cities Climate Challenge. Before the Council, Wheat held several positions in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including Chief Sustainability Officer and Policy Chief. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Chris has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Chicago Booth.


Sebastian Burca

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

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

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

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.

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Briana Tomlinson, Administrative Specialist

Tomlinson is responsible for managing the center's administrative tasks. She mainly assists with the planning and hosting of in-person and virtual events. She holds two B.A. in Communication and Sociology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Filippo Lancieri

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

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.

Pietro Ramella

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

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.