Faculty and Staff


Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of  American Business and Economic Enterprise, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment

Professor Gunderson assumed this position in 1982 while holding a Ph.D in economics from the University of Washington, 1967, with a thesis in economic history supervised by Douglas North, Nobel Laureate. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and North Carolina State University.

Dr. Gunderson has published numerous academic papers, including studies of the cause of the American Civil War, the demise of the Roman Empire, and models of entrepreneurship. He has authored columns in more than 20 newspapers in the United States, including the Wall Street Journal, and he has worked with national professional associations concerning entrepreneurship, economic and business history, private enterprise systems, economic education, and public policies. He served as President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and is now Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise.

Professor Gunderson was a founding member and remains a member of the Executive Board, as well as the Director of the Academic Advisory Board for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies. In 1980 he received the Freedom Foundation's award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. He was appointed by the Governor to the Educational Improvement Panel in Connecticut to develop solutions to poor public schooling.

Dr. Gunderson is the author of The New Economic History of America and The Wealth Creators: An Entrepreneurial History of the United States, which Peter Druker, the mentor of modern management, described as “brilliant.” Currently, he is completing a book analyzing the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy, Entrepreneurship for Smarties: How the World is Changed. 


Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor  of Economic Organizations and Innovation and Deputy Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment 

Dr. Stringham is currently serving as president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, is editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise and two books. He is a former president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the author of more than sixty journals, book chapters,and policy studies . His latest book Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life, is published by Oxford University Press. Stringham also appears on television shows including Blue Bloods, Elementary, Girls, 666 Park Avenue, and The Blacklist.


Principal Lecturer in the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment

Dr. Alcorn teaches courses in formal organizations and Italian history and culture. His research interests range from the poetry of Dante Alighieri (La Divina Commedia) and Giacomo Leopardi (Canti) to the foundations of the social sciences - methodological individualism, motivations, social mechanisms - and the history of Sicily, peasant unrest, migration, and mafia.

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Curtis is employed at Simplified Energy Solutions (SES) after 26 years at Fuss & O’Neill Consulting Engineers (F&O).  At SES, Dr. Curtis has created a firm expert at implementing ‘near-market’ alternate energy technologies as well as inventing and developing products for today’s energy marketplace.  At F&O, Dr. Curtis was the Executive Vice President and led a staff of 100 professionals in 8 different business units.  His background includes five years with the Connecticut DEP Bureau of Water Management's Planning Section followed by two years at the University of Connecticut Civil Engineering Department.  At F&O, he gained national renown in industrial wastewater treatment, waste minimization and pollution prevention efforts.  Since that time, he has created several highly successful entrepreneurial start-ups in his new role and in past employment focusing on the energy business with specialties in energy conservation and natural gas engineering.


Joel_Photo.jpgJOEL E. DOUGLAS
Visiting Lecturer

Degrees: M.S., University of New Haven (1982)
B.S., Univ. of Connecticut (1977)

Joel S. Douglas, M.S., P.E. is the Chief Technology Officer of Loon Medical, his most recent start-up venture, which is developing a series of mobility assist devise including a stair climber assist device and a fall monitoring product CareSentinel.  He is also the co-founder of HDH Technologies that developed Sanicheck hand sanitizing monitoring system for hospitals and currently sold by Simoniz of Bolton, CT.    He is also the co-founder and former CTO of Engineered Carbon Soultions, a development stage company focused on creating a 100% recycled pellet fuel for pellet stoves.  .  Prior to his position at Engineered Carbon Solutions he founded Mystic Technology Partners and developed a 5kW integrated Fuel Cell and Battery for the U.S. Navy and developed the Nanolite current collectors for Li-ion Batteries. He co-founded Amira Medical, developer of AtLast™, the first alternate site glucose meter and winner of the Medical Device Excellence Award in 2000.  Mr. Douglas was president and CEO of Sterling Medivations where he negotiated the long term manufacturing agreement with a Japanese company and negotiated the successful sale of the company.

Prior to starting his first company, he held various positions at Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan, Komag, General Dynamics and United Nuclear.  At LifeScan, he was part of the manufacturing team that won the esteemed Shingo Prize in 1995.  The editors of Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI) named him as the one of the 100 notable people in the medical device industry in 2004. In 2005 he was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut.

Douglas currently holds 93 U.S. patents, granted registration of eleven U.S. Trademarks and received clearance of 29 U.S. 510(k)s (Food and Drug Administration pre-market notifications) and numerous foreign patents.



Patricia Ann Maisch 
Program Coordinator 
Degrees:  B.A.  English, Creative Writing, Trinity College
                M.A.  English, Trinity College
Phone: (860) 297-2562
Office Location: Hamlin Cook 
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