Research Fellows

Research Fellows are non-business faculty and professionals who are involved on projects or are collaborating with the Center for Entrepreneurship on small business research.

Mike ButterworthMike Butterworth

Director and Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University

His research investigates the relationships between rhetoric, democracy, and sport.  In particular, he is interested in the extent to which commercialized sport may enrich or diminish democratic culture.  He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror, published in 2010 by the University of Alabama Press, and co-author (with Andrew Billings and Paul Turman) of the textbook, Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field.   Butterworth’s scholarship has been published in journals such as Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication & Sport, Communication, Culture, & Critique, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Sport & Social Issues, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.  He also contributes to the websites BagNews ( and The Vision Machine (

Butterworth also serves as the founding Executive Director of the International Association for Communication and Sport (, an academic organization “dedicated to the practice, instruction, and study of sport as a communicative phenomenon.”  The IACS welcomes scholars from a range of disciplines, including communication studies, journalism, sport sociology, and sport management.

Butterworth earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.  He also has an M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.


geoff dabelkoGeoff Dabelko

Director of Environmental Studies at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, OH. From 1997-2012, he served as director of theEnvironmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He continues to work as a senior advisor to the Wilson Center where he helps facilitate dialogue among policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict, and security. His recent research focuses on climate change and security as well as environmental pathways to confidence building and peacemaking, with a special emphasis on management of fresh water resources.

Dabelko was principal investigator for ECSP’s “Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population and Security Project (HELPS), “Resources for Peace Project” (RFPP) and “Navigating Peace: Forging New Water Partnerships” Initiative. He worked previously at Foreign Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Dabelko is co-editor, with Ken Conca of American University, of Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspective on Global Environmental Politics (5th ed., 2014) and Environmental Peacemaking (2002). He blogs regularly at New Security Beat.

Dabelko is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding and an advisory board member of Screenscope’s “Journey to Planet Earth” PBS documentary initiative. He is an editorial board member of Global Environmental Change and a contributing editor of Environment.

He was a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the  Washington Term Member Advisory Council. He is a lead author for the 5th assessment of the IPCC Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security. Dabelko has a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and an AB in political science from Duke University.


mike_geringerMike Geringer

O’Bleness Professor of International Strategy
Director of Center for International Business

J. Michael Geringer is the O’Bleness Professor of International Strategy and Director of the Center for International Business. Prior to Ohio University, Dr. Geringer taught at the University of Western Ontario (Canada); Southern Methodist University; California Polytechnic State University; Monterey Institute of International Studies; Portland State University; University of Washington; Institut Pengembangan Manajemen Indonesia (Jakarta); Lajos Kossuth University (Hungary); the Helsinki School of Economics/Aalto University (Finland); Poznan School of Banking (Poland); the Institute of International Policy Studies (S. Korea); Global School of Business (S. Africa); China-Europe International Business School (China); Università Polytecnica della Marche (Italy); and Bond University (Australia). Professor Geringer earned a B.S. in entrepreneurship from Indiana University and both M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.

Dr. Geringer’s specialties include strategic management, venture creation and nurturance, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, business development, joint ventures and alliances, and international market assessment and entry. He has authored or edited over 30 books and monographs, over 140 published papers, and over 40 case studies. He has received 11 “best paper” awards from various scholarly organizations, including the prestigious Decade Award from the Journal of International Business Studies, and has received teaching awards from programs on 5 continents. He was Founding Chair of the Strategic Alliances Committee of the Licensing Executives Society, Chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management, and Chair of both the Strategy and the International Business Divisions of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

Geringer has over 30 years of experience with research and consulting on strategic issues for private and public sector organizations worldwide. Projects have included executives from such organizations as Nokia, Eastman Kodak, LG Electronics, Lucent Technologies, Northern Telecom, Okobank, Caterpillar, California Highway Patrol, Rautaruukki, Eastman Chemical Company, Corporate Image, Ontario Ministry of Industry Technology & Trade, Nova Corporation, Envirotrust Technologies, Jiangsu Telecom Industrial Corporation, Hansabank, Perlos, Semex Canada, UPM Kymmene, Industry Science & Technology Canada, Y.I.T. Corporation, Economic Council of Canada, California Department of Transportation, and other small and large organizations.

Jason JolleyJason Jolley

Assistant Professor of Economic Development and MPA Director at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Mr. Jolley also directs Ohio University’s portion of the US Economic Development Administration University Center (joint with Bowling Green State University).

Dr. Jolley previously worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Senior Research Director for the Center for Competitive Economies, an applied economic development research center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School. At UNC, he led the Center’s research activities in economic development incentive policy evaluation and development, strategic planning, impact analysis, and industry cluster characterization to address issues of economic competitiveness. Dr. Jolley also served as a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University where he taught MPA courses in economic development and public policy. In 2011, he was named a Faculty Fellow for NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues and in the same year received The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service for his applied economic development research in Chatham County, NC.

Dr. Jolley’s research has been published in Business Strategy and the Environment, Economic Development Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, and Economic Development Journal, among other scholarly outlets. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University, where he specialized in economic development and research methods, an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and an A.B. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tia McDonaldTia McDonald

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics

Dr. Tia McDonald is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Ohio University. A recent graduate of Purdue University’s Agricultural Economics department, Tia maintains an active research agenda that focusses on rural entrepreneurship and small business disaster recovery that incorporates spatial and regional analysis. Research topics that Tia is currently working on include: small business and community resilience and the effects of family dynamics and business structure on business success. Tia was involved in a recent project that supported the development of a small business that provides filtered (clean water) to underserved areas in the Dominican Republic. This interdisciplinary project utilized expertise from engineers, microbiologists, and nurses. As part of her interest in interdisciplinary work, she has also worked with entomologists on the spatial distribution of crop pests. Her ongoing projects include analyzing small business resilience to Hurricane Katrina and the effects of copreneurial business structures on business profitability.

Norm O'ReillyNorm O’Reilly

Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Management
Chair, Department of Sports Administration, College of Business

Recently named Full Professor and Chair of the world-ranked Department of Sports Administration in the College of Business at Ohio University, Dr. O’Reilly was recognized in 2013 as one of the “Five to Watch” in sport business in Canada by the Globe and Mail and is a lifetime Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management. In 2011, he was the recipient of the University of Ottawa’s Media Excellence Award (for media coverage of his research). Dr. O’Reilly is an accomplished scholar and active business professional. He is a full-time, tenured professor at Ohio, specializing in sport business. O’Reilly is the author of 5 books and more than 80 peer-reviewed journal publications. He teaches courses in sport management, sport finance, and sport marketing. Dr. O’Reilly is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and previously held Visiting positions at Stanford (2009-2010) and the School of Business at the University of New South Wales in Australia (2012-2013). He holds Adjunct Professor status in the PhD program in Human Studies at Laurentian University. Dr. O’Reilly is an active consultant and expert legal witness, working closely with North American industry.