New Endowed Chair

Dr. Johannes Moenius was appointed in September as the William R. and Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning at the University of Redlands.

In this position, Moenius will provide valuable leadership to the School of Business’s Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) as its founding director.

Moenius brings impressive skills and a wealth of experience to the Johnson Chair. He holds an master’s degree in management science from Bamberg University, Germany, and a master’s degree in economics from Queen's University, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Clive Granger, a Nobel Laureate in economics. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo on multiple occasions, and taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for several years before joining the University of Redlands in 2005.

Moenius’s research is broadly interdisciplinary and extends from international trade analysis to industrial organization and political science. His work has been published in many venues, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and Party Politics.

In 2009, his research garnered two international prizes, the Best Paper Award at the Israel Strategy Conference and the Paul Geroski Best Paper Award, for two papers co-authored with Sarit Markovich. Moenius has recently directed his research interest to regional economics, where he has studied the Southern California housing market. He has presented his research both nationally and internationally on more than 80 occasions.

With ample experience in leading student trips, Moenius applied his broad international experience as the School of Business's Director of International Programs from 2008-2011, significantly expanding and enhancing the School’s international profile. During his time at the School of Business, Moenius has won the Excellence in Teaching, Innovation in Teaching, and Excellence in Service awards.

The goal of ISEA is to promote sustainable communities in the Inland Empire, across the state, and nationally through expert regional economic analysis that supports public policy decisions and planning models. The activities of ISEA advance the University’s commitment to the uses of GIS (geographic information systems) and geospatial analysis and design across our curriculum, scholarship, and research, and in the outreach of the University.

The Johnson Chair is supported by a generous gift from Bill and Sue Johnson, parents of 1994 graduate Laura Johnson Merickel. The Johnson Chair is intended to support the School of Business in fulfilling the University’s commitment to serving as an authoritative source for applied policy research, planning, and economic analysis at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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