Ben Barber is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at IE Business school and holds a PhD in Political Science and a Masters in Economics from Duke University. His research revolves the intersection of politics, business, and economics to show the bidirectional relationship between corporate political activity and government. He studies how corporate political activity is a mechanism for achieving various market objectives for firms and how being politically connected alters firms decisions. He has published in Political Science, Economics, and Management journals such as Management Science, the Strategic Management Journal, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Peace Research, and Business & Politics. He is interested in economic decline, sports, political economy, music, innovation, traveling, business, cities, and food. But not necessarily in that order.