A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

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Chris Thornberg
Christopher Thornberg, director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development 

The founder of Beacon Economics LLC and an adjunct professor, Thornberg is an expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire, New York, Seattle, Orange County, Sacramento, Arizona, Nevada, and other geographies across the nation. 

Contact: chris.thornberg@ucr.edu


Bala Balachander
Subramanian “Bala” Balachander, professor of business

Balachander’s research studies include competitive marketing strategy, pricing, bundling, sales promotions and market signaling, and uses methods of game theory and structural econometric models. His teaching interests are in pricing, marketing strategy and marketing models. Balachander serves on the editorial board of the journal Marketing Science and is a senior editor of Production and Operations Management.

Contact: subramanian.balachander@ucr.edu



Ellen Reese, professor of sociology
Ellen Reese, professor of sociology  

Professor of sociology and chair of labor studies at UCR, Reese’s research focuses on gender, race, and class, welfare state development, social movements, poverty, and work. She has published extensively on warehouse and labor economies within the Inland Empire and Southern California. Reese is the co-author (with Juliann Emmons Allison) of “Unsustainable: Amazon, Warehousing, and the Politics of Exploitation” (forthcoming [2023], University of California Press).

Contact: ellen.reese@ucr.edu



Cathy Gudis, associate professor of history 
Cathy Gudis, associate professor of history 

Gudis is an associate professor of history at UCR, with her research focused on the history of Southern California and its people. She is expert in the labor, social and cultural impacts stemming from the rise of warehousing in inland Southern California, including the large-scale fulfillment centers operated by Amazon. Gudis is also a historian-in-residence at Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum & Archives, where she has helped enhance archival and public humanities projects and funding. 

Contact: catherine.gudis@ucr.edu



David Danelski