Ph.D. and M.Sc., marketing, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management; M.Sc. agricultural and applied economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Summary of Experience
Professor Carlson specializes in the marketing management implications of consumer decision-making processes, including the development of brand preferences and the influence of emerging preferences on the decision making process. Though much of Professor Carlson's research explores consumer decision making, he also studies how voters, jurors, and managers make decisions. Over the last 20 years, he has run thousands of surveys, sampling U.S. and international populations.
Professor Carlson has served as an expert in evaluating a survey in a class action matter, consulted on a high profile class action settlement involving consumer deception, and testified before the SEC in an equity trust matter. Professor Carlson's published research can be found in top marketing, psychology, and management journals. He is also the coauthor of Contemporary Brand Management. He blogs for Psychology Today and Forbes, and maintains an active Twitter account (@ProfKurt). While teaching at Georgetown University between 2009 and 2017, Professor Carlson was director of the Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research and co-director of the McDonough School of Business Behavioral Research Lab, and he received the MSB Dean's Distinguished Faculty Research Award and the Decision Analysis Society's Publication Award.