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 addition to his research on innovation, Chris is involved in policy-oriented research on minimum wages. His research interests are linked by his ambition to develop a scientific knowledge base that can be applied to stimulate dynamic and equitable economic growth.