Steven Callander

Professor, Political Economy

Steven Callander

The Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management and Professor of Political Economy

Professor (by courtesy) of Economics and Political Science, School of Humanities and Sciences
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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Additional Administrative Titles

Director, Policy and Innovation Initiative
Director, Future Global Environments
Co-Director, Managing Risk and Reputation in a Complex World

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 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

  • Robert and Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow for 2021–22
  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Excellence in Refereeing Award, 2009, 2012
  • QJPS Referee Hall of Fame 2005–14


Journal Articles

Federica Izzo, Gregory J. Martin, Steven Callander
American Journal of Political Science
July 2023 Vol. 67 Issue 3 Pages 687–700
Steven Callander, Nolan McCarty
American Journal of Political Science
March 2023
Steven Callander, Dana Foarta, Takuo Sugaya
American Journal of Political Science
March 2023
Steven Callander, Dana Foarta, Takuo Sugaya
November 2022 Vol. 90 Issue 6 Pages 2723–2753
Steven Callander, Juan Carlos Carbajal
Journal of Political Economy
April 2022 Vol. 130 Issue 4 Pages 825–880
Steven Callander, Niko Matouschek
Management Science
January 2022 Vol. 68 Issue 1 Pages 37–51
Steven Callander, Nicolas S. Lambert, Niko Matouschek
Journal of Political Economy
November 2021 Vol. 129 Issue 11
Steven Callander, Gregory Martin
American Journal of Political Science
January 2017 Vol. 61 Issue 1 Pages 50-67
Steven Callander, Tom Clark
American Political Science Review (forthcoming)
February 24, 2016 Vol. 111 Issue 1 Pages 184-203
Steven Callander, Bård Harstad
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
May 2015 Vol. 130 Issue 2 Pages 951–1002
Steven Callander, Bård 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
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

Steven Callander, Niko Matouschek December 11, 2014
Steven Callander, Davin Raiha November 12, 2014


Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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Anticipate and develop strategies to address critical beyond-market forces, from legislation and regulation to activism and the media.
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Stanford Case Studies

Steven Callander, Joseph Golden, Blake Kavanaugh
Steven Callander, Jeffrey Conn, Hencye Sights
Steven Callander, Amadeus Orleans, Jeff Conn
Steven Callander, Amadeus Orleans, Jeff Conn, Carlos Varjao
Steven Callander, Amadeus Orleans, Jeff Conn
Steven Callander, Josh Richman, Cameron Lehman
Steven Callander, Cameron Lehman
Steven Callander, David Hoyt
Steven Callander, David Hoyt

Stanford GSB Affiliations

  • PhD Field Liaison Stanford GSB - Political Economy Group 2009–2013
  • Co-organizer Stanford GSB - Political Economy Seminar Series 2010–2011, 2012–2013
  • Area Coordinator Stanford GSB - Political Economy Group 2015–2016

Stanford University Affiliations

  • 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

Insights by Stanford Business

April 07, 2023
In regulated markets, the threat of new competitors can lead dominant firms to pull back.
October 19, 2022
Stanford GSB faculty and alumni discuss ways citizens, leaders, and organizations can begin to bridge the political gap. (Part 2)
November 10, 2020
Political polarization may creep into the workplace. Here are some ways managers can become peacekeepers.
October 21, 2020
Stanford researchers study the various tactics that politicians use to get voters on their side, from “moral reframing” to two-faced deception.
April 16, 2020
Rather than be derailed by crises, seize the opportunity to articulate what you stand for — at a time when everyone is listening.
June 14, 2017
Real-world disruptions inevitably lead to “policy decay,” but corrections are hard to come by.
July 07, 2016
Should your company wade into hot-button issues?
February 08, 2016
Four Stanford GSB professors show how our elected officials win over voters.
June 18, 2015
Political risk is inevitable, but there are ways to mitigate it.
May 19, 2015
A Stanford professor argues that state innovation needs a federal nudge.
January 12, 2015
A Stanford professor of political economy finds virtue in filibusters and “unelected bureaucrats.”

School News

February 27, 2018
“Effective leaders in the digital age will need to be mindful of the social consequences of technology.”
April 07, 2016
Business doesn’t operate in a vacuum; it’s buffeted by the unpredictable winds of government, the media, and countless other influential groups.