The Campbell Visiting Fellows | November 2019

The Hoover Institution has established a new two-week visiting program, the Campbell Visiting Fellows. The goal of the program is to bring a set of researchers as visitors who are all focused on research in one general topic area to be present at Hoover during a single two week period, exchanging ideas, interacting with each other, working collaboratively if they wish, and also interacting with other scholars in their field at Hoover at Stanford more broadly.

November 2019 | Indigenous Capital, Growth & Property Rights
Convened by Terry Anderson, Hoover Senior Fellow


Christian Dippel

Christian Dippel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA Anderson. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the California Center for Population Research. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada, and undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Mannheim and Munich in Germany. His work lies at the intersection of political economy and economic history.



Donna Feir

Donna Feir currently holds a position as a research economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis at the Center For Indian Country Development (CICD). She joined the CICD in 2018 after spending four years as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria. Donna is an applied labor economist and economic historian who has published on reconciliation, modern Indigenous labor market experiences, health, and the impact of historic policies on Indigenous economies and people. Donna is a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and member of the Association for Economics Research of Indigenous People. Donna (a Canadian) received her Ph. D. from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia.


Bryan Leonard

Bryan Leonard is an assistant professor of environmental and natural resource economics in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. His research focuses on the design of institutions to resolve collective action problems associated with sustainable resource management, focusing on land, water, and other resources in the Western United States. Using a combination of formal theory, historical research, and econometric methods, he studies the evolution and performance of institutions that are crafted to solve resource challenges at a particular point in time. By studying the contemporary legacy of past policies, this research helps provide context for modern policy challenges while also informing the design of more sustainable institutions for the future.


Ilia Murtazashvili

Ilia Murtazashvili is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses property rights and sustainable resource use. His books include The Political Economy of the American Frontier (Cambridge University Press, 2013), The Political Economy of Fracking (Routledge, 2018, with Ennio Piano), and Land, the State, and War: Property Rights and Political Order in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, with Jennifer Murtazashvili). He has published articles in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, World Development, Rationality & Society, Review of Austrian Economics, and The Independent Review. Professor Murtazashvili’s current research projects include selective enforcement of property rights in US economic history, land governance in China, blockchain governance, and the link between social institutions and governance of the global commons. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and B.A. from Marquette University.


Dominic Parker 

Dominic Parker is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center. His research spans topics in natural resource and development economics and includes studies of conflict minerals, oil booms and busts, private land conservation, fishery regulation, and indigenous economies. This research focuses on the role that property rights, governance, and institutions play in affecting the extent to which societies and individuals benefit from their natural resource endowments. Parker’s articles appear in economics and law journals and have been featured in popular press outlets, including BBC News, Forbes, and Wall Street Journal.