Skip navigation
College Home  >  Faculty & Research  >  Faculty Profile  

Todd A. Watkins

Todd A. Watkins, Ph.D. holds the Arthur F. Searing Chair.

Executive Director, Dexter F. Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation and Microfinance Program

Department of Economics: Professor

  • University of Rochester, B.S.
  • Harvard University, M.P.P., Ph.D.

Todd A. Watkins is the Executive Director of the University’s Dexter F. Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation and director of Lehigh's Microfinance Program. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked in Optical Design and Optical Manufacturing Engineering for the Eastman Kodak.

Author of more than 50 related publications, his research and teaching focus on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy and economics. He is co-editor of the volume, Moving Beyond Storytelling: Emerging Research in Microfinance (Emerald, 2009) and has published in the journal, Science, and well as Research Policy, Issues in Science and Technology, Technology Review, Defence and Peace Economics, Small Business Economics, Industrial Relations and other journals and books. His teaching areas encompass managerial economics, technology entrepreneurship, new product development and microfinance innovation.

Professor Watkins co-founded Lehigh’s Community Research and Policy Service (Lehigh CORPS) and was one of the founders of Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development Program, national winner of the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award. Watkins is a four-time winner of the Outstanding Instructor award from the National Technology University for his teaching via distance learning, and he also received Lehigh’s MBA teaching award. He’s been a research consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce's NIST Advanced Technology Program, the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and a member of The National Academies’ Committee on Innovation Models for Aerospace Technologies, advising NASA on improving their innovation processes. He is a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Council for ACCION International’s Center for Financial Inclusion, which seeks to promote innovation and growth of commercial microfinance worldwide.

Selected Publications and Working Papers
Office Information
Office: 471 RBC
Phone: 610-758-4954
Fax: 610-758-4677
Courses Taught
  • Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for the Poor (Eco 203)
  • Managerial Economics (Eco 402)
  • Economics of Business Decisions (Eco 333)
  • International Social Entrepreneurship (Eco 307)
Developing Leaders for Global Impact

College of Business and Economics • Lehigh University • 621 Taylor Street Bethlehem, PA 18015 USA • 610 758-3400 • @LehighBusiness