Susan Christopherson is an economic geographer whose research focuses on economic policy and economic development. She is currently a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development project on higher education and regional development. She is Chair of the International Economic Development Council advisory committee on higher education and economic development. In 2010 and 2011, she received grants from the Park Foundation and the Heinz Endowments to direct research on the economic development consequences of natural gas drilling. Research results appear in the International Journal of Town and City Management, Planning Magazine, and in a series of policy briefs on www.greenchoices.cornell.edu. Her current research analyzes how 150 communities in the U.S. Appalachian Basin (the Marcellus-region states) have responded to the environmental, social, and economic impacts of shale-gas extraction with regulatory or legislative action.