Professor Carlson teaches courses on marketing research, consumer behavior, and marketing management. He is also the director of the Georgetown McDonough Behavioral Research Lab. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in marketing from Cornell University. Prior to joining Georgetown, Carlson was on the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University from 2001 to 2009.
Professor Carlson has published extensively on the topic of the development of consumer preferences and the influence of the product formation process on decision making. Though much of his research explores consumer decision making, he also studies how voters, jurors, and managers make decisions. His research has been published in top marketing, psychology, and management journals. He is currently writing a book on “Contemporary Brand Management,” which will be published by Sage in 2013.