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Phin Upham

(917) 687-5459
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Academic Status: On duty
Personal Homepage: http://phinupham.org/
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PhD, Applied Economics and Management Science, Wharton Business School (UPenn), 2007

MBA, Finance and Entrepreneurship, Wharton Business School (UPenn), 2005

BA, Harvard University, 2000



Positions Held

At Haas since 2016

2016 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business

2008 – present, Thiel Capital, Principal, Private Investments

2006 – 2007, Morgan Stanley, Associate, Investment Banking, Media&Telecom

2005 – 2006, Tishman Speyer, Associate, Real Estate Private Equity

2000 – 2002, United Press International, Financial Journalist

Current Research and Interests

  • Organizational Theory
  • Network theory
  • Venture Capital
  • Patents

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Conversations with Philosophers, Routledge Press., Upham, P. 2002 (ed.).
  • The Space of Love and Garbage, Open Court Press., Upham, P. 2008 (ed.).
  • All We Need is a Paradigm: Essays in Science, Economics and Logic, Open Court Press., Upham, P. 2009 (ed.).
  • “Communities of Innovation: Schools of Thought and New Knowledge Creation.” Upham, P., et al., Scientometrics. 2009.
  • “Finding cohesive clusters for analyzing knowledge communities.” Vasileios, Upham, Ungar. Knowledge and Information Systems. 2008.
  • “Analyzing knowledge communities using foreground and background clusters.” Vasileios, Upham, Ungar. ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data. 2008.


  • XMBA 295T, Advanced Entrepreneurship, with Toby Stuart, Haas (Berkeley).
  • Managing People at Work, with Marshall Meyer, Wharton (UPenn)
  • History of Business, Section Leader, Wharton (UPenn)

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University School of Business, Chazen Institute, 2007-2009, 2012-2013
  • Senior Fellow, Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), 2009-2010
  • Visiting Scholar, New York University Department of Economics, 2006-2007



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