New business dean brings research focus

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Rachel Croson says she’s eager to build on the reputation of UT Arlington’s College of Business.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a tremendous institution with exceptional students, accomplished faculty, dedicated staff, and an impressive leadership team,” says the newly appointed dean. “I’m looking forward to attracting new philanthropic support for the college.”

Dr. Croson, who began the position in January, most recently served as an economics professor and the Negotiations Center director at UT Dallas. She also spent the past two years as the National Science Foundation’s division director for social and economic sciences, managing eight programs and a $100 million annual budget.

Before joining UT Dallas, Croson held assistant and associate professor positions at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics/philosophy of science there and her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Much of her research centers on experimental and behavioral economics, investigating how people make economic decisions. Those fields contribute to many disciplines, including management, marketing, operations, political science, and sociology. Her work has been published in numerous journals.

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