Silicon Valley Program

Meet the Silicon Valley Program Faculty


Darren Filson, Ph.D.Darren Filson

ECON 165 CM: Industrial Organization (Fall 2015)
ECON XYZ CM: Innovation Management (Spring 2016)
ECON 198 CM: Independent Study on Innovation Management (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
ECON 030 CM: Internship (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Professor Filson is an associate professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College. In addition to “Industrial Organization,” he has taught courses in the application of behavioral game theory, the economics of innovation, managerial economics, mathematical economics, sociological economics, and statistics, among many graduate-level courses in economics, game theory, and the application of these disciplines to life sciences. He has designed a new course for the Silicon Valley Program which will begin in the Spring 2016 semester, Innovation Management. The course number and a synopsis will be available soon.

Since his appointment to the Robert A. Day School faculty, Professor Filson has made a powerful impact on the academic life of both undergraduate and graduate students. An exemplary scholar and Industrial Organization teacher, his entrepreneurial flair will complement the Silicon Valley Program well.

Professor Filson earned his B.A. with double honors in economics and political studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. A member of the CMC faculty since 2007, he also serves as the director of graduate programs for the Robert A. Day School of Economics and Finance.


Manfred KeilManfred Keil

ECON 123 CM: Quantitative Data Analysis (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Professor Keil has been associate professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College since 1995. He was the Chair of the Faculty of the Department of Economics and The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance from 2006-2009. His expertise is in macroeconomics, comparative economic performance, and statistics/econometrics. Prof. Keil has led an important summer exchange program with Yonsei University, Korea since its inception in 2011, and has developed his SVP course, Quantitative Data Analysis, especially for the students of the Silicon Valley Program. He is a Fellow of the Rose Institute (CMC) and a Research Associate of the Lowe Institute (CMC), where he leads the joint CMC-UCLA Anderson School Forecast for the Inland Empire. His current research involves minimum wages and employment trends, and business cycle analysis.

Professor Keil earned his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He earned a Master of Science in econometrics and mathematical economics from LSE, and a Master of Arts in economics at the University of Texas, Austin.

Former Silicon Valley Program Faculty


S. Brock Blomberg

ECON 199 CM: Independent Study and Research (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Professor Blomberg is the Robin and Peter Barker Professor at Claremont McKenna College with appointments in the economics department and the politics, philosophy, and economics program. He has taught courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, econometrics, statistics and political economy. With research interests grounded in macroeconomics, international economics, political economy and are focused on terrorism, he has written extensively on the economics of terrorism in journals, books, and newspapers. Over the past 14 years, he has published over 30 articles and book chapters in such top economics journals as the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Public Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Dr. Blomberg has held appointments on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Harvard University and Wellesley College. He also served in the United States Military for eight years and been the United States representative to the Economic Committee for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

He is the former Dean of the Robert A. Day School of Economics & Finance at Claremont McKenna College.


Constance Rossum

ECON 197S CM: Special Topics in Economics--Innovation and Marketing (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

Professor Rossum is a professor of marketing and management at the University of La Verne’s College of Business and Public Management.  She has taught at CMC as a visiting professor since 2006 in topics such as management in organizations, leadership in organizations, and marketing across all sectors of the modern economy.  In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Rossum leads a consulting firm specializing in marketing-management and research for corporations and not-for-profit organizations nationwide.

Professor Rossum earned her A.B. in Radio TV (Rhetoric & Public Address) from Indiana University, and both her M.A in management and Ph.D. in education and management from the Claremont Graduate University.