Our People

Fellows and Scholars

Meet our directors, fellows, and scholars

Carlos Carvalho

Executive Director
Carlos Carvalho is a Professor in Statistics at the McCombs School of Business. His research develops statistical models to enhance our understanding of effects of economic policies.

Scott W. Bauguess

Director of the Program in Financial Regulation
Dr. Bauguess directs the Salem Center’s program on Financial Markets Regulation, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business.

Tom Gilligan

Senior Scholar
Prior to recently joining the Salem Center, Tom Gilligan was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Before joining the Hoover Institution, Gilligan was the dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Richard Lowery

Senior Scholar
Dr. Richard Lowery is an Associate Professor of Finance and has been at at UT since 2009, when he completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an applied game theorist, with research in banking, investment banking, real estate, and other topics.

Gregory Salmieri

Senior Scholar
Gregory Salmieri is the co-editor of A Companion to Ayn Rand (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) and Foundations of a Free Society (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and author of numerous articles on philosophy, many of them focusing on aspects of Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism.

Taylor “T.J.” Canann

Director of the Policy Research Laboratory
Dr. Taylor Canann is the Director of the Policy Research Laboratory with the Salem Center in the McCombs School of Business. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at McCombs where he studies cyber policy, the economics of information and cybersecurity, and computational economics.

David Puelz

Director of Policy Analytics
David Puelz is the Director of Policy Analytics for the Salem Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the McCombs School of Business. His research develops computational methods for applied data analysis, especially in social and behavioral sciences.

Dima Yazji Shamoun

Salem Scholar
Dima runs the Fellowship on the History and Foundation of Markets, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches economics in the MBA and BBA programs.

Mark Regnerus

Senior Scholar
Mark Regnerus is a Senior Scholar at the Salem Center for Policy and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion. Mark is the author of over 40 published articles and book chapters, and four books. The last two […]

Bryan Caplan

Visiting Senior Scholar
Visiting Senior Scholar to the Salem Center. Professor of Economics at George Mason University and New York Times Bestselling author. Author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, The Case Against Education, and Open Borders (co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach […]

Steven Rashin

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Rashin is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Salem Center in the McCombs School of Business, where he studies corporate influence over the policymaking process.  His research sits at the intersection of political science, public management, and corporate political activity.

Henrique Bolfarine

Postdoctoral fellow
Henrique Bolfarine is a visiting scholar to the Salem Center for Policy working in latent variable modeling with applications in social sciences. He is currently working towards his PhD in the Department of Statistics at the University of São Paulo. He has his BA in Applied Mathematics and MA in Statistics from the University of São Paulo.

Chris Snapp

Managing Director
Chris Snapp is the Managing Director at the Salem Center for Policy since 2021. He holds a BA in Political Science and a BS in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota. In his role, Chris oversees center operations. This includes partner outreach, staff management, event coordination and student engagement. He is also responsible for […]

Megan Smith

Program Manager
Megan Smith is the Program Manager at the Salem Center for Policy. In her role, she participates in policy research, student program creation and recruitment, administers undergraduate scholarship awarding, coordinates events, and manages staff and student workers.

Pablo Flores

Senior Administrative Associate
Pablo Flores is the Senior Administrative Associate at the Salem Center for Policy within McCombs School of Business. He comes to the McCombs with a history of working in Higher Education in various roles. Within the Salem Center he manages the administrative functions of the center.

Abby Sawyer

Brand Manager
Abby Sawyer is a junior majoring in Advertising and minoring in Business. Getting to work with the Salem Center has been the best of both worlds for Abby.

Student Affiliates

Juan Antonio Artero Calvo

FHFM Fellow

BS Mathematics Honors

Anna Pate

Policy Research Laboratory

Plan II Honors and Economics; Chinese Minor

Sloan Ungerman

Teaching Assistant

Law Student

Joshua Weinbach

FHFM Fellow

Finance; Economics Minor

Myeongrok Doh

Policy Research Laboratory, Policy in Pieces Group

Business Honors, Finance

Ibbi Sheikh

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Finance, CBHP, Public Policy Certificate

Ashish Dave

Policy in Pieces Group

Business Honors, Plan II Honors, Finance; Business Spanish Minor

Divyaa Cherian

FHFM Fellow

Economics; BEOP Finance Minor; Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate

Utsavi Manglik

Policy Research Laboratory, FHFM Fellow

Economics Honors; Finance Minor

Daniela Serrano

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Economics and Mathematics; Public Policy BDP certificate

Diego Morales-Burnett

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Economics and Mathematics; Applied Statistical Modeling and Elements of Computing

Evelyn Cai

Policy Research Laboratory

BHP and Finance; Elements of Computing

Robert Keathley

Policy in Pieces Group

Finance; Accounting Minor

Hamaad Najam

Policy in Pieces Group

Public Relations

John Walkington

Policy Research Laboratory

Master’s in Economics

Lilian Rembert

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Acccounting

Robert Deacon

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Management Information Systems & Mathematics; History Minor & Certificate in Applied Statistical Modelling

Adan Leal

FHFM Fellow

Finance; Core Texts and Ideas, Business Public Policy

Yichen Pan

Research Assistant

Management Information Systems, Mathematics; Computer Science, Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate

Serena Chiu

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Management Information Systems; Marketing

Kirby McDonald

FHFM Fellow

Economics and History; Business Spanish

Jacob Rhymes

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

MSBA

Natalie Castillo

Policy Research Laboratory

Management Information Systems; Elements of Computing

Ashleigh Rose

FHFM Fellow

Economics and Advertising

Minjae Kim

Policy in Pieces Group

PhD in Accounting

Ashna Bhansali

Policy Research Laboratory

Finance, International Relations; Business Spanish

Zoe Tarr

Podcast Producer

Advertising; Business Minor

Daniela Serrano

Research Assistant, Policy Research Laboratory

Economics and Mathematics; Public Policy BDP

Divyaa Cherian

FHFM Fellow

Economics; Finance Minor; Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate

Theodore Jiang

Policy Research Laboratory

Finance and Economics

Andrew Sall

Policy Research Laboratory

BHP, Government, and Finance

Alexander Tang

Policy Research Laboratory

Economics; Elements of Computing

Juan Antonio Artero Calvo

FHFM Fellow

Mathematics Honors

Bhavya Shukla

FHFM Fellow

Economics

Jacob Roth

Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant

Canfield Business Honors and Finance; Risk Management

Rui Silva

Policy in Pieces Group

Ph.D. in Accounting

Nathan Graber

Policy in Pieces Group

Finance; Government

Hugo A. Sandoval

Policy Research Laboratory

Business Honors & Government

Chetan Goenka

Policy Research Laboratory

Management Information Systems; Elements of Computing and Applied Statistical Modeling