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Lauren Lanahan is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the Lundquist College of Business. Her research investigates the role of public institutions in understanding the evolving, multifaceted research and development enterprise. Lanahan's research has been published in a variety of outlets including Organization Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Research Policy.

Lanahan received her PhD and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning a bachelor's degree, she worked at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences.