- Additional Positions at AU
- Academic Director, AU's Sustainability Minor
- Academic Director, MS Sustainability Management
- Languages Spoken
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- Anywhere under a tree
- Dr. Figueroa-Armijos is Professorial Lecturer of Management in the Kogod School of Business. She also serves as the Academic Director for the Sustainability Minor at AU, and is Affiliated Research Faculty with the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital. Dr. Figueroa-Armijos’ academic interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and regional science. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and regional economic development. Current projects include work in regional innovation, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, the sharing economy, and corporate social responsibility. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, and Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Professor Figueroa-Armijos’ field research has included projects with SANREM CRSP/USAID in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; and with USDA’s Rural Development Division, USDA ERS, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) in the U.S. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a MSc in Applied Economics (Minor in International Development) and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Aside from the United States, Maria has also previously lived in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Belgium, Portugal, and Switzerland. She has family in four continents.
Academy of Management, ENT and TIM
North American Regional Science Council (NARSC)
Regional Studies Association
Regional Science Association International (RSAI)
*Indicates equal authorship
John P. Berns*, Maria Figueroa-Armijos*, Serge P. da Motta Veiga*, & Timothy C. Dunne. (In press). Dynamics of lending-based prosocial crowdfunding: Using a Social Responsibility Lens. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3932-0
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2017). Sustainable Innovation to cope with climate change and market variability in the Bolivian Highlands. Innovation and Development, 7(1), 17-35. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2157930X.2017.1281210
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2016). Entrepreneurship policy and economic growth, solution or delusion? Evidence from a state initiative. Small Business Economics, 47(4), 1033-47. DOI:
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2013). Entrepreneurship in rural America across typologies, gender and motivation. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 18(2). DO
Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Brian Dabson, & Thomas G. Johnson. (2012). Rural entrepreneurship in a time of recession. Entrepreneuership Research Journal, 2(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/2157-5665.1044
Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Irene Alvarado, & James French. (2005). Description and analysis of the transformation of the horticulture supply system in the supermarket sector of Costa Rica. Tierra Tropical: Sostenibilidad, Ambiente y Sociedad, 1(1), 37-43.
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2013). Market access and resilience in the Bolivian Highlands (In Spanish). In Elizabeth Jimenez (ed.), Adaptation and Climate Change in the Bolivian Highlands. La Paz, Bolivia: CIDES-UMSA.
Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2017). Book Review: Women’s entrepreneurship in global and local contexts (edited by Diaz-Garcia, C., Brush, C.G., Gatewood, E.J., & Welter, F.) Growth and Change, 48(3), 487-489. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/grow.12217