Steve Wildman makes his home in OSP but, on economic issues, reports directly to the Chairman. Professor Wildman joined OSP in January 2013. He is an expert on communications and media issues who holds the James H. Quello Chair of Telecommunications Studies at Michigan State University, where he was serving as the Acting Chair of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Professor Wildman’s teaching and research focus on economics, law and policy across the communications industry and also focus on the impact of information technologies on the organization of economic activities. He has conducted detailed research on broadband adoption examining infrastructure cost structures and demand in rural and underserved areas. He has also studied the efficiency properties of alternative spectrum governance regimes and network interconnection policy.
He has held numerous fellowships and received prominent awards, including the Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association Distinguished Research Award, the Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor for Scholarly Contributions, and the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.
Before joining Michigan State University, he was an Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Department of Communications Studies. He has also worked at the University of California’s Department of Economics. Professor Wildman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and Wabash College, respectively. He can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.Updated: January 08 2013