Fellows program

Fellows are nationally recognized thought leaders experienced in matters of importance to TIAA and those we serve.

A community of experts

The Fellows Program is integral to achieving the TIAA Institute’s mission. Institute Fellows are nationally recognized scholars and higher education administrators with deep expertise in the areas of financial security (including lifetime income and retirement security, retirement plan design, and financial literacy and capability) and higher education leadership (including innovation and financial sustainability, academic workforce trends, and institutional governance and risk management). Membership in the program is by invitation.

The role of a Fellow

The Institute places a premium on rigorous research that addresses critical issues impacting individuals and institutions. We also prize effective communication of the knowledge created by our research. To these ends, Fellows:

  • Conduct Institute-sponsored research and write related reports
  • Draft thought leadership whitepapers published by the Institute
  • Speak at Institute symposia and forums, and sometimes partner with us to organize them
  • Suggest ideas for future research studies and convenings
  • Serve as judges for Institute-sponsored awards
Current Fellows

Richard C. Kraemer professor of business

College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Professor Emerita of Finance at Colorado State University

Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics, Provost Emeritus

Hofstra University

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Harvard University

Josef and Margot Lakonishok Professor in Business and Dean, College of Business

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vice President for Administration

Duke University

Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management

Yale University

Professor of Finance; Director of the Reiman School of Finance in the Daniels College of Business

University of Denver

Stephen Zelnak Professor of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Economics, Poole College of Management

North Carolina State University

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Idaho State University

Inaugural Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer, Dartmouth College

Independent Higher Education Consultant; Senior Fellow, Higher Education and Workforce Programs, Public Agenda; former Associate Director, Forum for the Future of Higher Education

Professor, Department of Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

President Emeritus

Council of Independent Colleges


Guildford College

Steven A. Tananbaum Distinguished Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

Past president and CEO, TIAA

Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics, Eller College of Management

The University of Arizona

Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

University of Virginia

Director, Health Research & Education Program

Employee Benefit Research Institute

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Affiliate Faculty, School of Law

University of Texas at Austin

Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Stanford University

Associate Professor

University of Pennsylvania

Professor of Higher Education; Associate Director, Institute of Higher Education

University of Georgia

Norman Eig Professor of Business; Director, Center for the Decision Sciences, Marketing, Columbia Business School

Columbia University

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

University of Chicago

Professor of Education; Co-Director, Pullias Center for Higher Education

University of Southern California

Professor of finance and Sarah G. Kenan Distinguished Scholar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professor of Economics

University of Virginia

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Director, Initiative for Financial Decision-making

Dean and Marriott Distinguished Professor

Brigham Young University

Gaylord Freeman Distinguished Chair in Banking and Professor of Finance at The Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor

Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and Business Economics and Public Policy

Executive Director, Pension Research Council

University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professor of Economics

North Carolina State University Poole College of Management

Assistant Professor of Risk and Insurance

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences; Director, Center for Retirement Research

Boston College

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management; Chair, Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy; Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Georgia State University

Professor of Economics, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Boston College

Senior Director, Research and Policy Analysis

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Non-Resident Scholar

Georgetown University

Associate Professor of Finance

Boston College

Soumyo Sarkar Professor of Finance and Faculty Director, MBA Finance Academy; Henry B. Tippie College of Business

The University of Iowa

Professor of Economics

Georgetown University

Professor of Economics; Director, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center

Dartmouth College


University of Oregon

Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy and Senior Research Fellow

Claremont Graduate University

Professor of Economics

London Business School

Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy; Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton University

Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies

IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Sterling Professor of Economics, School of Management; Professor (Adj) Law School

Yale University

Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

George Mason University

Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Director
Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business

Deputy Academic Director
Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center

Associate Professor of Finance, Fowler College of Business

San Diego State University

Executive in Residence, Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan

President, American Research Universities Human Resources Institute

Associate Professor of Higher Education

University of Maryland

Chair, Associate Professor, Finance Department

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Associate Professor of Economics

Montana State University

George E. Bates Professor; Senior Associate Dean for International Development, Harvard Business School

Harvard University

Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Columbia Business School; Co-director of Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy

Columbia University

Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

University of Washington