Christopher R. Esposito

Chris is a postdoctoral fellow at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and the Knowledge Lab at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of Geography in June 2021.

Chris researches technological disruption and its impacts on inventors, teams, and cities. His current research uses large historical datasets to study how the rate of technological disruption changed across U.S. history, to identify strategies for inventors and organizations to avert knowledge obsolescence, and to analyze the ability for inventors to create novel technologies when they collaborate remotely. In prior research, Chris showed how disruptive innovation leads to the emergence of new geographical centers of innovation and increases the spatial inequality of innovative activity.

In fall, 2023, Chris will join the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a postdoctoral fellow.