Michael Spanbauer, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research Associate
National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center
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. He was recruited and paid to attend an international monetary policy practicum in Germany, which was hosted by the German Central Bank, and was subsequently 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. While at Tulane, Dr. Spanbauer researched the effects of government policies and initiatives. In particular, he assessed the cost to human life created by Stand Your Ground policies, which give legal protections to people who use lethal force to defend themselves from an attacker, and found that the black community disproportionately bears the burden of these policies.
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 to apply to the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) at Mississippi State University, where he was enlisted to assist in multiple strategically-important projects and is currently being trained to fill a management position.