About Paul Vaaler

Paul M. Vaaler is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, a joint appointment to the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Carlson School of Management.  He previously served on faculties at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Paul has also held visiting appointments at Harvard University where he was a Research Fellow, at Oxford University where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development, and at the University of Pretoria where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Paul’s scholarly and related practice-oriented publications address issues at the intersection of international business, law, and politics:  understanding long-term performance stability trends and their competition (antitrust) policy implications for firms in the US; understanding how migrants from developing countries remit money and ideas to fund, found and grow new businesses in developing countries with poor legal infrastructure; understanding how elections change the attractiveness of new democracies for lending and investment.

Paul currently serves the profession as an editorial board member for the Global Strategy Journal, as a senior editor for the Journal of International Business Policy, as a consulting editor for the Journal of World Business, and as co-editor-in-chief of the Social Science Research Network Global Business Issues electronic journal.  He currently serves the Academy of International Business (AIB) as chair the AIB Ethics Review Committee.  Paul serves the broader community as an executive educator, consultant, and media commentator.  More recently, he consulted for the World Bank and US federal judiciary on migrant remittance trends.

Paul received his B.A. in History from Carleton College, his M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. More information about Paul is available here.