Michael Spanbauer, Ph.D

Project Manager: Research and Applied Science Division

National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center

Mississippi State University


After serving honorably in the U.S. Navy, where he received a letter of appreciation for his selfless devotion to duty, Dr. Spanbauer began his formal education in economics and was quickly recognized as a promising student. In 2012, he was recruited and paid to attend an international monetary policy practicum in Germany, which was hosted by the German Central Bank. The following year he was offered a full scholarship to Tulane University’s policy-oriented Ph.D. program in applied microeconomics.

Michael Spanbauer completed his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2018, following a half-decade of government policy research steeped in collaborative engagement within the Department of Economics. By the time he completed his education, Dr. Spanbauer had garnered over $79,000 in grant funding and $88,000 in fellowship funding, in addition to his academic scholarship awards.

Dr. Spanbauer was then recruited into the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) at Mississippi State University in 2018. He was quickly moved into a leadership role on several strategically-important projects, where he helped to secure $10.8 million in grant funding. Following these successes, Dr. Spanbauer was asked to provide leadership, coordination and guidance to NSPARC's applied research team.