Ian M. Dunham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
BUS 344
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Spring 2021: On Leave
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I am an Assistant Professor of Business and Society / Sustainability in the Management Department in the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University. My research explores critical issues in urban/regional economic development, including economic inequality, financial inclusion and redlining, and environmental justice, with specialization in quantitative spatial analysis methods, big data, and volunteered geographic information. I have published in a variety of journals including Business and Society Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and The Extractive Industries and Society, and have presented original research at venues including the annual conferences of the International Association for Business and Society (IABS) and Western Academy of Management (WAM), and at The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Development Forum.

My teaching specialties at SFSU include the seminar courses Business and Society (BUS 682), The Greening of Business (BUS 450), and Innovation for Sustainability (MGMT 858). I have previously taught courses in Digital Mapping, Geographic Information Science (GIS), and Global Cities. As an instructor, I seek to constructively challenge students to think critically about world-scale problems and current events. My teaching modalities include the implementation of a creative art project and art gallery, a responsible business entrepreneurial innovation plan and pitch, as well as welcoming innovative guest speakers from the private sector and beyond. My ultimate aim as an instructor is to inspire students to be leaders in organizations that are ethical, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.

My service to the University includes a seat on the University Budget Committee, the Academic Senate, and in various capacities within the Lam Family College of Business. External service includes a board position with the California Geographical Society (CGS), a faculty associate position with the Center on Assets, Education, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI) at the University of Michigan, and as a member of the steering committee for the Saïd Business School Oxford University Business Alumni San Francisco chapter.

Before joining San Francisco State, my prior work experience includes private-sector professional services (international transfer pricing) in Silicon Valley, academic positions as a research assistant and postdoc at the Spatial Analysis Lab at Temple University (SAL@T), and government positions as a Research Analyst at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Federal Reserve) and as a Legislative Aide in the United States Senate. I also periodically advise start-up entrepreneurs. I earned my PhD in Geography from Temple University, MBA from the University of Oxford, Green-Templeton College, and BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring art and music, learning about innovation and economic topics, and spending time outdoors.

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.B.A., University of Oxford
  • M.A., Temple University
  • B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder