The House Professor is the Dean and leader of the House community and provides intellectual and social direction for the House. The House Professor-Dean works in close partnership with the Assistant Dean and the House Council (the student run house-governance structure) in maintaining the welfare of the House community and the well-being of its individual members.
Garrick Blalock is an associate professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, where he teaches managerial economics and firm strategy. His research interest is technology adoption in emerging markets. He has authored several studies examining the link between trade—imports, exports, and foreign direct investment—and manufacturing productivity in Southeast Asia. He recently began a project in East Africa to promote the commercialization of modern cook stoves as a replacement for highly polluting traditional charcoal- and wood-burning stoves.
Garrick came to Cornell in 2002 after completing a Ph.D. in business administration at the University of California, Berkeley. Before graduate school, he worked in the semiconductor industry in Japan and Silicon Valley. Garrick has a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Yale University.
Outside of work and family, Garrick's main hobby is tennis. He is a faculty advisor to the Cornell varsity tennis program and practices regularly with the Cornell Club Tennis team. He invites any interested Rose House resident to join him on the court.