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.

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

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Taylor Canann is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Salem Center in the McCombs School of Business, where he studies cyber policy, the economics of information and cybersecurity, and computational economics.

Megan Smith

Program Manager
Megan Smith is the Program Manager at the Salem Center for Policy. She works in many roles within the Center including policy research, event coordinating, administrative duties, and undergraduate student management.

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.  His current research focuses on influence in financial regulation, shedding light on the extent and mechanisms through […]

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, as she has worked on research for developing a risk measurement of COVID-19 as well as assisting with another working paper, and is now working closely with […]

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.


Student Research Fellows work closely with Salem Center’s scholars on various initiatives & programs.

Andrew Kendrick

Student Research Fellow

Andrew is a rising senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Management Information Systems at the McCombs School of Business. He started working for the Salem Center in Spring 2020 and has worked on various research papers and projects, including one for COVID-19. Furthermore, having lived in six countries with his diplomatic father, he has developed an interest on how policy shapes the world, and looks forward to pursuing this interest with his work at the center.

Siddhanth Deepak

Student Research Fellow

Siddhanth is a rising sophomore pursuing a dual degree in finance and mathematics. In addition to Siddanth’s interests in math and finance, he is passionate about creating economic equality which I do through my non-profit, the Humans for Healing Foundation.

Alexander Nelson-Groocock

Student Research Fellow

Alexander Nelson-Groocock is a rising sophomore studying Business and Economics. As a student Alexander is interested in finance, academic research, and mathematics. 

Denver Baumgartner

Student Research Fellow

Denver Baumgartner is a rising senior in the Canfield Business Honors program with certificates in applied statistical modeling and elements of computing. Upon graduating he will be pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the McCombs School of Business.

Grayson Whelen

Student Research Fellow

Grayson Whelen is a rising senior nearing a degree as a finance major with an accounting minor. Grayson is originally from Houston, Texas.

Patrick Opitz

Student Research Fellow

Patrick Opitz is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Salem Center while pursuing a master’s degree in economics. He has a B.S. in Economics from West Virginia University and is currently assisting with research into crypto and financial markets using Bayesian statistics. He is interested in urban/regional economics as well as public economics and hopes to pursue a PHD in economics in the future.

Rodrigo Rivera

Student Research Fellow

Rodrigo is currently a senior double majoring in the Canfield Business Honors Program and Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems at McCombs School of Business. His interest in policy was ignited after moving to the US for college and learning about American policy and how it shapes the country. He hopes to learn more about policy and its impact through his work at the Salem Center.

Daniela Serrano

Student Research Fellow

Daniela is a sophomore who is double-majoring in Economics and Mathematics and pursuing a certificate in Public Policy. As an international student, she has seen the impact policy has in the development of different nations, and hopes that in the future she can generate that impact herself by gaining experience such as the one with the Salem Center.

Lilian Rembert

Student Research Fellow

Lilian is a currently undeclared UT freshman from Georgetown, Texas. As a student, she is interested in finance and economic policy and hopes to pursue a degree in accounting.

Rahul Naik

Student Research Fellow

Rahul is a second-year student at UT majoring in Computational Engineering. He is excited to delve into the world of policy research and explore how data analysis can work to advance this research. Outside of research, Rahul enjoys swimming, reading, and cooking.

Will Robinson

Student Research Fellow

Will is a sophomore studying Mathematics and pursuing a certificate in Elements of Computing. Interested in financial data analysis, Will previously worked under Professor John Griffin, where he conducted research on the role of fraud in financial crises. Will is looking forward to continuing his mathematical education meaningfully and applicably through the Policy Research Laboratory.

Jacob Roth

Student Research Fellow

Jacob Roth is a junior majoring in Canfield Business Honors and Quantitative Finance with a certificate in Risk Management. Born and raised in Austin, he enjoys relaxing at Zilker and the scenic view at Mount Bonnell. Jacob hopes to continue exploring his interest in the intersection of finance and computing in the future.

Matthew Vu

Student Research Fellow

Matthew is a second-year student majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Through the Policy Research Lab, he hopes to explore the applications of data analysis and contribute to a better understanding of current public policy. Some of Matthew’s favorite hobbies outside of research include skateboarding and website development.