Postdoctoral Research Fellow David Lucas Awarded Prestigious Grants

David Lucas, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES) at Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, housed within the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) program, received the prestigious Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant to fund his research in entrepreneurship. He was one of 20 to be selected for the grant out of 900 candidates. His work, which was ranked second globally, also earned him the Horowitz Foundation Grant. According to Lucas, he will study the political and social conditions under which entrepreneurs can thrive, and the complexities of the environment. One of his projects focuses on how the public policies of national and state governments interact to influence entrepreneurs’ ability to create jobs.

“I believe that entrepreneurship—whether it be through for-profit or socially-oriented ventures—is essential to the cultivation of a prosperous and caring society,” said Lucas.

Lucas graduated with his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in economics from George Mason University’s School of Business. Lucas also served as a JIN Fellow with the Mercatus Center’s F.A. Hayek Program and was a visiting Ph.D. student at the Whitman School, where he studied under the tutelage of Maria Minniti, the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and director of IES.

“I have found Whitman to be a place where a culture of excellence and respect permeates every level of the School,” said Lucas. “No matter who you talk to, you will find interesting ideas and experience a congenial, enjoyable interaction.”

Lucas is looking forward to his new teaching and research opportunities at IES. He hopes to make a great impact on the world’s understanding of entrepreneurship.

Arielle Spears