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Chapman University Experts Focus on AI in and Outside the Classroom Faculty experts offer research and data on the impact of AI in law, business, education and film.

Chapman University researchers are leading the way in Artificial Intelligence (AI)  advancements and exploring their profound implications. Not only are Chapman professors conducting research, but they are actively shaping the future by teaching courses that delve into the profound influence of AI in the areas of investing, education, ethics and cheating, engineering and even the film industry.

Whether you are covering the intersection of AI and law, the ethical considerations of AI, the potential economic implications, or the creative applications of AI in the film industry, our faculty members are well-equipped to contribute to your story. Please reach out to me at or 714-289-3196 so I can connect you with these experts by phone or email.

The following Chapman University experts are available to speak on these topics: 

  • Duncan Houldsworth, an assistant professor at Argyros School of Business and Economics, teaches courses in generative AI for implementation in academic and real-world contexts. He also is a public speaker on the topic and consults in AI preparation and optimization pipelines, which he currently does for a major sports league. His research also focuses on barriers and enablers to AI adoption in mature organizations. 
  • Sarah Bana, an assistant professor at Argyros School of Business and Economics, is a digital economist specializing in leveraging AI technology to help individuals find their ideal job. She gained recognition for her research on unraveling AI language at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Currently, she is investigating the phenomenon of algorithmic monoculture and its impact on workers, delving into its implications and potential consequences. 
  • Seth Benzell, professor at Argyros School of Business and Economics, has conducted extensive research on the potential long-term negative impact of AI and automation on economic growth through reducing savings. This research has garnered significant attention, with over 200 citations and coverage in esteemed publications. Additionally, he has contributed to the field of technological change in relation to AI, exploring their intersection and implications. 
  • Mario Mainero, professor of law at Fowler School of Law, has been at the forefront of exploring the application of AI in the field of law. Professor Mainero showcased the remarkable capabilities of ChatGPT through developed trial questions and presented astonishingly accurate responses generated by an entirely digital law exam. His demonstrations shed light on the potential impact of AI on legal exams, raising important questions about the possibility of cheating and the future of legal education. 
  • Charles Fink, professor at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, has a deep understanding between AI and the world of film and media arts. Fink has explored the transformative power of AI in shaping the creative process, production techniques, and audience engagement within the entertainment industry. Professor Fink’s experience and insights can provide valuable perspectives on how AI is revolutionizing storytelling, enhancing visual effects, and redefining the boundaries of cinematic innovation. 
  • Maliheh Ghajargar is an assistant professor at Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a leading expert in the intersection of AI and design. Her research is in the fields of graspable AI, human-AI creative collaboration, and post-humanistic design. Ghajargar delves deep into understanding people’s experiences and interactions with non-human entities. Her expertise extends to teaching user experience (UX), interdisciplinary design practices, and research methods. 
  • Jonathan Hersh, an assistant professor at Argyros School of Business and Economics, teaches courses on machine learning and data science. His classes emphasize the creative applications of AI and machine learning, which makes him a valuable resource for understanding the intersection of AI, business and economics.  

About Chapman University
Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university located in Southern California. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Based in the City of Orange, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. In 2019, the university opened its 11th college, Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering, in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Learn more about Chapman University:

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