Grad Students

Melissa Haller



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As economic development is increasingly built around the dynamics of technological change, my research is broadly focused on the co-evolution of technologies and the cities and regions in which they are produced. Why do some cities have vibrant innovative industries, while others lag behind? How can the technological capabilities of a region help us make sense of uneven development? My master's thesis preliminarily examines the evolution of the optics industry in the United States, using patent data and social network analysis to trace technological trajectories across space.
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Fields of Study

Economic Geography, Regional Economic Development, Innovation Studies, Social Network Analysis, Statistical and Qualitative Methods

Advisors

David Rigby

Awards

GCEG Travel Award from  Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 2018

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA, 2017-2018

National Science Foundation GRFP Honorable Mention, 2016

Graduate Dean's Scholarship, UCLA, 2016-2018

Alumni Memorial Scholar, Colgate University, 2012-2016

Charles A Dana Scholar, Colgate University, 2012-2016

Shannon McCune Prize in Geography, Colgate University, 2016

Marshall-Keynes Award for Excellence in Economics, Colgate University, 2016

Research

As economic development is increasingly built around the dynamics of technological change, my research is broadly focused on the co-evolution of technologies and the cities and regions in which they are produced. Why do some cities have vibrant innovative industries, while others lag behind? How can the technological capabilities of a region help us make sense of uneven development? My master's thesis preliminarily examines the evolution of the optics industry in the United States, using patent data and social network analysis to trace technological trajectories across space. 

Degrees

BA, Geography and Economics, summa cum laude, Colgate University (2016)

Publications

Haller, M., Haines, M., & Yamamoto, D. (2017). The End of the Nuclear Era: Nuclear Decommissioning and its Impacts on US Counties. Growth and Change, 48(4), 640-660.

Haller, M. (2014). The Socioeconomic Effects of Decommissioning on Local Communities: A Media Framing Analysis of the Experience of Wiscasset, Maine. The Middle States Geographer, 47, 48-59.