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Tricia D. Olsen

Associate Professor, Daniels College of Business and Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Marcus Faculty Fellow & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Daniels College of Business

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What I do

Professor Olsen (Ph.D.) engages with students, policymakers, industry leaders, and fellow academics to deepen our understanding as to when and why development opportunities and human rights protection occur in today’s globalized world. She has made important contributions to the study of the political economy of development in emerging economies (particularly Latin America), human rights, and business ethics.

Olsen's book project, Varieties of Remedy: How Contestation Shapes Governance for Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Latin America, is based on her ongoing efforts to systematically collect data on corporate human rights violations, the Corporations and Human Rights Database.  In addition to her co-authored book, Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (also translated to Spanish), additional published work can be found in numerous outlets, including Organization Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Peace Research, and the International Journal of Transitional Justice.

Olsen’s work has been supported by the Carnegie Corporation, British Academy, Fulbright-Hays, USAID, Carnegie Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, and Zennstrom Philanthropies, among others. Professor Olsen received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • BA, Latin American Studies, Carleton College