Kathryn Ibata-Arens is Vincent de Paul Professor of Political Economy, DePaul University. A scholar of innovation and entrepreneurship, science and technology policy, and economic development, her most recent book is Beyond Technonationalism: Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia, Stanford University Press. Using the lens of venture start-up firms in China, India, Japan, and Singapore, Beyond Technonationalism finds a new “networked techno-nationalism” guiding national policy and firm-level strategy supporting competitive growth in frontier technologies. In her journal articles, blogs, policy briefings, podcasts, and books Ibata-Arens employs such methods as historical-institutional, policy analysis, and original fieldwork-based case studies, contextualized within global politics and markets. Her forthcoming (2021) book Pandemic Medicine: Why Our Global Innovation System is Broken and How We Can Fix It analyzes global intellectual property rights and inclusive innovation in new drug discovery. Ibata-Arens is also researching organizations supporting sustainability of traditional medicine and the plant biodiversity upon which it depends. She received a BA in international relations from Loyola University Chicago and a PhD in political economy from Northwestern University.
In her free-time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and traveling. Ibata-Arens has two children and lives near Chicago with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.