Steven Callander

The Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management
Professor of Political Economy
Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
Academic Area: 
Political Economy

Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Strategy Beyond Markets: Building Competitive Advantage Through Government Relations and Public Affairs
Faculty Director, Policy and Innovation Initiative

Research Statement

Steve Callander’s research interests lie at the intersection of business, politics, and society. As a researcher, he uses the tools of game theory to build models of political and economic institutions (legislatures, bureaucracies, markets, etc.) to understand how they work, how they can be designed better, and how business strategy can incorporate “beyond market” issues. At the GSB, Professor Callander teaches classes on Strategy Beyond Markets and Strategic Crisis Management in both the MBA program and a variety of Executive Education programs.


Steve Callander is a Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research has been published in leading journals of economics and political science, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Political Economy. He received a B.Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a MS and PhD from Caltech. Before moving to Stanford, he taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was a visiting scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Social Science, California Institute of Technology, 2002
  • MS in Social Science, California Institute of Technology, 1999
  • BCommerce (1st Class Honours), Economics and Finance, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Stanford GSB.
  • Visiting Scholar, Harris School of Public Policy - University of Chicago.
  • Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University.

Awards and Honors

  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2009, 2012
  • QJPS Referee Hall of Fame 2005-2014


Journal Articles

Steven Callander, Gregory Martin. American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming). 2016.
Steven Callander, Tom Clark. American Political Science Review (forthcoming). 2016.
Steven Callander, Bard Harstad. Quarterly Journal of Economics. May 2015, Vol. 130, Issue 2, Pages 951-1002.
Steven Callander, Keith Krehbiel. American Journal of Political Science. October 2014, Vol. 58, Issue 4, Pages 819-834.
Steven Callander, Patrick Hummel. Econometrica. July 2014, Vol. 82, Issue 4, Pages 1509-1528.
Steven Callander. American Political Science Review. November 2011, Vol. 105, Issue 4, Pages 643-662.
Steven Callander. American Economic Review. 2011, Vol. 101, Issue 6, Pages 2277-2308.

Working Papers

Managing on Rugged Landscapes | PDF
Steven Callander, Niko Matouschek, December 112014
Durable Policy, Political Accountability, and Active Waste | PDF
Steven Callander, Davin Raiha, November 122014


Degree Courses


This course provides an introduction to political economy with an emphasis on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition. Topics considered include voting theory, social choice, institutional equilibria,...


During this class, you will: * Challenge your basic beliefs about the nature of crisis * Learn to scan your business practices for political and social risks * Anticipate and prepare for potential crises * Explore techniques for successfully...

This course addresses managerial issues in the social, political, legal, and ethical environments of business. Cases and readings emphasize strategies to improve the performance of companies in light of their multiple constituencies, in both...

This course provides an introduction to political economy with an emphasis on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition. Topics considered include voting theory, social choice, institutional equilibria,...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Greater Stanford University

  • Professor of Economics (by courtesy), Department of Economics

Service to the Profession

Editorial Positions

  • Board of Editors, American Economic Review, 2012-present.
  • Associate Editor, Quantitative Economics, 2013-present.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2014-present

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