Department of Management
Dr. Figueroa-Armijos is Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Management, specializing in entrepreneurship and regional economic development. Professor Figueroa-Armijos is also Senior Fellow in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and Professorial Lecturer in Economics in the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America. Prior to joining AU, Professor Figueroa-Armijos was Professor of Practice in the College of Business and Economics and Director of the Office of Fellowship Advising at Lehigh University.
Dr. Figueroa-Armijos’ academic interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, economics, and public policy. Current projects include work in regional economic policy, regional innovation, environmental entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, and Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences.
Professor Figueroa-Armijos’ field research has included projects with SANREM CRSP/USAID in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; and with USDA’s Rural Development Division, USDA ERS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) in the U.S.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a MSc in Applied Economics (Minor in International Development) and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Missouri.
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