Jamie Darin Prenkert is the 13th dean of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He began his tenure on July 3, 2023, leading a school of 5,000 current students and 400+ faculty and staff, with 60,000 alumni in more than 100 countries. In addition, Professor Prenkert is the Investors in Leadership Distinguished Chair.
Prior to joining the Carlson School, Prenkert served as Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Charles M. Hewitt Professor at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington. During his 20 years at Indiana, he served in several administrative leadership roles including Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University; Associate Dean of Academics at the Kelley School; and chairperson of Kelley’s Department of Business Law and Ethics.
His research focuses on issues of employment discrimination and the human rights obligations of transnational corporations. He has published articles in the North Carolina Law Review, the American Business Law Journal, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, among others. He also co-edited a volume entitled Law, Business and Human Rights: Bridging the Gap, published by Edward Elgar Press. He is a past Editor in Chief of the American Business Law Journal. He is the lead coauthor of a leading business law/legal environment of business textbook, Business Law: The Global, Ethical, and Digital Environment, currently in its 18th Edition.
His research has garnered school, regional, and national awards, including the 2013 Ralph J. Bunche Award for the Outstanding International Paper and the 2013 Distinguished Proceedings Paper Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the 2006 Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Outstanding Article in the American Business Law Journal, and the 2008 Kelley School of Business Outstanding Research Award.
Dean Prenkert has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in residence and online, focusing on the legal environment of business, employment law, law for entrepreneurs, business and human rights, and critical thinking and leadership.
He is a recipient of a 2014 Trustees’ Teaching Award, the 2007 Harry C. Sauvain Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Kelley School, the 2005 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Finalist Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Memorable Faculty Award from the 2009 graduating class of the Kelley School, and the 2003 Kelley Innovative Teaching Award. Professor Prenkert has led nearly 300 undergraduate students in short-term study-abroad experiences in India, Ghana, and South Africa. At Indiana University, he served terms as an elected faculty representative on the Bloomington and University Faculty Councils.
Prior to joining the Kelley School faculty, Professor Prenkert was a senior trial attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also practiced with the law firm of Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP).
He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude with honors in Political Science, from Anderson University.