HONOR RECOGNIZES THE WORK OF EARLY-CAREER SCHOLARS
Carey Business School Associate Professor Michard Darden, an expert in the economics of decision making, health care markets, payment reform, and tobacco regulation, is among the Catalyst Award recipients announced June 6 by Johns Hopkins University.
The university introduced the Catalyst Awards in 2015 to support the efforts of early-career faculty members whose work has shown originality and made an impact in their respective fields.
Darden is one of 33 faculty members from numerous departments across Johns Hopkins to be honored this year. A $75,000 grant is given to each of the awardees to support their work in the coming year.
Since the program’s inception, 170 Johns Hopkins faculty members – including seven from Carey – have received Catalyst Awards.
"By supporting the creative and ambitious research of early-career faculty, we are investing not only in the future of these exceptional scholars but of the entire academic enterprise," Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels said on the announcement of this year’s awards. "And there is no more urgent time than the present to renew our commitment to those whose ideas will improve the condition of our world and its people."
The Catalyst program is open to any full-time faculty member named to a tenure-track position three to 10 years ago. More than 90 senior faculty members from across the university served on the committee that chose the awardees from 115 submissions, according to The Hub, the Johns Hopkins news website.
Michael Darden earned his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina. He joined the Carey faculty in 2018. He is a research faculty fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and was formerly an associate professor in the department of health policy and management at George Washington University, and an associate professor in the department of economics at Tulane University.