Department of Telecommunications
rysherma'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I am fascinated with all industries whose primary value stems from the production and distribution of the immaterial, embodied in and protected by intellectual property. Sharing a variety of fundamental economic properties, media, telecommunications, and technology industries are shaped by the subtleties of intellectual property law, making them particularly susceptible to some very interesting policy issues. Due to the rapid rate of disruptive technological innovation found in these industries, their business models are also particularly volatile, leading to arguably the most difficult strategy decisions in all of private enterprise. I use economics, I. P. law and policy, business strategy theories, industrial organizations, and project and process management concepts to analyze issues found in these industries.
My recent research with Professor Waterman has related to the development and economic patterns surrounding the nascent online video industries. My dissertation research explores how new media technologies and distribution methods are analyzed by competition regulators and what consequences result from legal policy and business strategy standpoints. I also assist others with quantitative research in a variety of other areas, most recently helping an economics and law professor to find and process a variety of historical census labor data (See Dau-Schmidt, K. G., and Sherman, R., (2013), The Employment and Economic Advancement of African Americans in the Twentieth Century), and helping a team of researchers to process a 1,464 by 30+ variable data set coding 155 action movie trailers over 30 years. Please see my CV for more examples of both my topical specialty and quantitative or interdisciplinary assistance to others.
I am excited to be part of the IU Telecommunications PhD program, where I continue to develop the broad skill set necessary to perform professional-caliber business research in either a private or university setting. Law school sharpened my mind and taught me a substantive knowledge about intellectual property and business law, but was also a 3 year detour away from the quantitative skill set I had cultivated as an economics student at the College of the University of Chicago. As a student in this department, I have been reinforcing the statistical and mathematical skills by acquiring a minor in ‘Business Economics and Public Policy’ and completing assorted statistics courses throughout the university.
Personal Preferences: I love groups and meetings, so I generally prefer group projects over solitary work. I enjoy experiencing nature (especially near, on, or in the water), modern art and design, strategy games, museums, and media of all forms. I exist on a steady diet of magazines, including The Economist, Popular Science, Wired, Motor Trend, and a variety of video game publications. I also love great conversation, eclectic food and going on zany adventures, so if you are interested in any of the above, please feel encouraged to strike up a conversation with me.