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A native of New York, Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942. After serving in the Marine Corps (1942-45), he earned a PhD at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Shultz taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. Mr. Shultz served in the Reagan administration as Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-82) and Secretary of State (1982-89). Since 1989, he has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Mr. Shultz is willing to speak on a venue-appropriate topic.
John Stossel joined Fox Business Network in 2009. He hosts Stossel, a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint, which debuted on December 10, 2009. Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20. He is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA in psychology.
Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. Professor Adler is the author or editor of four books and his articles have appeared in publications ranging from The Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy". In 2004, Professor Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students, and in 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Professor Adler their annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.” Professor Adler has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, ranging from the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's Talk of the Nation to the Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and Entertainment Tonight. Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and director of environmental studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Yale University and a JD summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.
Nigel Ashford is senior program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. He joined IHS from the United Kingdom where he was professor of politics and Jean Monnet Scholar in European Integration at Staffordshire University, England. Dr. Ashford has also directed the Principles for a Free Society Project at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden, and was a Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Social and Philosophy Policy Center in Bowling Green. He is a recipient of the International Anthony Fisher Trust Prize for published work which strengthens public understanding of the political economy of the free society. Dr. Ashford was also Chairman of the American Politics Group of the United Kingdom. He has lectured in 16 countries. He is author of Principles for a Free Society (Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, 1999, 2003), which is available in six languages. He is co-author of US Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 1999); Public Policy and the Impact of the New Right (St Martin's Press, 1994) and A Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991), and numerous articles on how ideas influence US politics. Dr. Ashford works on many of the Institute's educational programs, teaches at summer seminars, liaises with the IHS faculty network, produces regular academic newsletters for faculty and graduate students, and provides academic career advice to graduate students.
Scott Beaulier is the Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Before coming to Troy, he was the Department Chair and BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Mercer University. He earned his PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2004. His BA in Economics and History (2000) is from Northern Michigan University. Scott is the author of a number of academic articles that focus on issues in development economics and political economy. He has also published a number of opinion editorial pieces in outlets that include The Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and he frequently appears on local radio and television networks. In addition to his scholarly activities, Scott is a dedicated teacher who has won a number of teaching awards in the past few years.
Peter Boettke is Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics. He received his BA in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University, and he has held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. In addition, he has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Visiting Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in Prague and Charles University in Prague. Former President of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, he is the recipient of the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University.
Max Borders is author of the forthcoming Superwealth: Why We Should Stop Worrying About the Gap Between Rich and Poor. Max is a Robert Novak Fellow with the Phillips Foundation in Washington, DC and a writer/editor with Free To Choose Network. In 2010 Max authored a chapter in New Threats to Freedom alongside leading lights Christopher Hitchens and David Mamet. A non-profit innovator with more than a decade of experience in the movement for free markets and limited government, Max is formerly Managing Editor of Tech Central Station and continues to write opinion journalism for both national and local outlets. These include: The American, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Freeman, The Library of Economics and Liberty, McClatchy and more. Max is also adjunct scholar with the Seasteading Institute and formerly a Program Director for the Institute for Humane Studies, a DC-area institute committed to the ideas of liberty.
Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research. As one of the nation’s leading experts on the history and regulation of energy markets, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and the California Energy Commission, as well as lectured at numerous colleges, universities, and think tanks around the country. Bradley is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, an honorary research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an adjunct scholar at both the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Bradley received a BA in economics from Rollins College, where he also won the S. Truman Olin Award in economics, an MA in economics from the University of Houston, and a PhD in political economy from International College. In 2002 he received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for his work on energy and sustainable development.
Dr. Eamonn Butler is Director and co-founder of Britain’s leading free-market policy think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, and a leading author and broadcaster on economics and social issues. Westminster insiders look forward each week to his wry online commentary on politics and politicians. Eamonn is the winner, with his colleague Dr. Madsen Pirie, of the 2010 National Free Enterprise Award, for the greatest contribution to furthering the market economy. He is Vice-President of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international association of distinguished economists and entrepreneurs, founded in 1947 by the Nobel Prize winner F. A. Hayek. Eamonn is author of books on a wide range of subjects, from economics through psychology to politics. These include easy-read introductions to the economists Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek and Adam Smith, and a short explanation of how markets work, is called (modestly) The Best Book on the Market, which he wrote to be “so simple that even politicians can understand it.”
Bryan Caplan is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. His articles have appeared in The American Economic Review, The Economic Journal, The Journal of Law and Economics, Social Science Quarterly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many other outlets. He is also the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.
Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, a Research Fellow with the Oakland, California-based Independent Institute, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. He's also on Twitter: @artcarden. He likes to talk about "the economic way of thinking" and understands the impact of Milton Friedman's ideas on our lives.
Lawrence Chickering, founder and President of Educate Girls Globally, has worked for more than thirty years on designing and implementing reforms of government institutions and policies to empower disadvantaged people. EGG is the third policy institute he has either founded or co-founded. His experience in reframing issues to broaden political support is crucial for EGG, promoting an issue that is controversial in some places. He is currently working on two new books: one presenting a strategy for promoting girl’s education, and a second, co-authored book on citizens and foreign policy. Mr. Chickering has been associated with many international organizations, including Freedom House, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council for International Policy, and Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institutions.
Dr. Kenneth Chilton is expert on the topic of the economics of environmental policy. He has spent 30 years researching, teaching and speaking on the economics of climate change policy, the Clean Air Act and sustainable development. He most recently founded and directed the Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Prior to that he was an administrator and researcher for 24 years at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy (formerly the Center for the Study of American Business). He is available for lectures on topics in his area of expertise.
Bob Chitester is the Founder and President of Free To Choose Network. With David and Janet Friedman, Chitester is a partner of Free To Choose Enterprise, and manages licensing and sales of Free To Choose. Free To Choose is the award-winning PBS TV series hosted by Milton Friedman, and also the name of Friedman's best-selling book based on the series. Chitester conceived the project and was Executive Producer of the series. Bob was formerly President and CEO of the Erie, Pennsylvania PBS and NPR stations (WQLN and WQLN-FM). He received BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan, and the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.
Dr. Roy Cordato is currently Vice President for Research at the John Locke Foundation and an expert on discussing corporate social responsibility. From 1993-2000 he served as the Lundy Professor of Business Philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. From 1987-1993 Dr. Cordato was Senior Economist at the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) in Washington, DC. He has served as full-time economics faculty at the University of Hartford and at Auburn University and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 he received the Freedoms Foundation's Leavey Award in Free Enterprise Education. Cordato holds an MA in urban and regional economics from the University of Hartford and a PhD in economics from George Mason University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Hartt School of Music.
Daniel D’Amico completed his economics PhD from George Mason University in 2008 with field examinations in Constitutional Political Economy and Austrian Economics. His doctoral dissertation, “The Imprisoner’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Proportionate Punishment,” was awarded the Israel M. Kirzner Award for best dissertation in Austrian Economics by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, and The Erasmus Journal of Philosophy and Economics. He sits on the editorial board of Studies in Emergent Order and is on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. Daniel is an affiliated scholar with The Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Molinari Institute, the workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University and the INWARD Study Center on Urban Creativity at Sapienza University in Rome. Lastly, Daniel is a regular panelist on Freedom Watch hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano—a daily television show on the Fox Business Network. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. His current research is focused upon applying insights from various political economy perspectives including Austrian Economics, Public Choice Theory and New Institutional Economics to understand the processes of social change as the occur surrounding punishment and incarceration throughout history and in the United States today. Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.
Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University and Mercatus Affiliated Senior Scholar at George Mason University. Dr. Davies is a frequent lecturer at international conferences on economics, forecasting, and consumer psychology, and at policy conferences at the U.S. House of Representatives and at state capitals. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels, Dr. Davies was Chief Analytics Officer at Parabon Computation (Fairfax, VA), President and co-founder at Paragon Software (now Take-Two Interactive), and co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Repliqa (now Zoo Entertainment). Most recently, he collaborated with his sister, who is on the theater faculty at Washington and Lee University, in creating a dance performance that exhibits the principle of the tragedy of the commons. Dr. Davies earned his BS in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and PhD in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr Steve Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and a research fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Her primary research interests include the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy issues. She writes a column for Reason magazine and is a regular contributor to The American, AEI's online magazine. She also blogs at "The Corner" at National Review Online and at Big Government.
Robert Enlow assumed the role of President and CEO of the Foundation for Educational Choice in 2009, the school-choice legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman. Previously, Robert had served as executive director of the Foundation for Educational Choice since late 2004. He joined the Foundation when it first opened in 1996, serving as fundraiser, projects coordinator, and vice president before being named executive director. Under his leadership, the Foundation has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for school choice, working in dozens of states to advance the issue by disseminating research, sponsoring seminars, undertaking advertising campaigns, organizing community leaders, and providing grants.
Currently with the American Enterprise Institute, Kenneth P. Green has studied public policy and regulation at free-enterprise think tanks across North America for nearly 20 years. An environmental scientist by training, Ken focuses on policy and regulations involving energy and environmental health. He has previously been Executive Director of the Environmental Literacy Council as well as holding positions at the Frasier Institute and Reason Foundation. Ken is a prolific writer of policy studies and articles, blogs regularly at AEI’s Enterprise Blog, and is a monthly contributor to AEI’s web magazine, The American. He speaks frequently to the public and in the media, and has testified before regulatory and legislative bodies at local, state, and federal levels. Ken holds a BS in biology from UCLA, a MS in molecular genetics from San Diego State University and a D.Env. in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.
Professor Hall received his PhD in economics from West Virginia University and graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics from Ohio University. Formerly an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, Professor Hall has an extensive background in writing for scholarly audiences as well as for policy makers and citizens. In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and academic book reviews, numerous articles and reviews, he is co-author of the widely-cited annual Economic Freedom of the World report.
Frederick Hess is resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the America Enterprise Institute. An educator, political scientist, and author, Mr. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. He pens the Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up; has authored influential books on education including The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He has edited widely-cited volumes on education philanthropy, urban school reform, how to stretch the school dollar, education entrepreneurship, what we have learned about the federal role in education reform, and No Child Left Behind. He also serves as executive editor of Education Next; as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program; on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education; and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 Schools, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, Mr. Hess has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.
Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.
Leslie Hiner directs educational programs and state relations for The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. In her work for the legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman, she strives to advance the Friedman’s vision of universal school choice to improve educational outcomes and preserve individual liberty. Prior to joining The Friedman Foundation, Leslie served as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House and Republican Leader in the Indiana House of Representatives, where she had also served the caucus as policy director and chief counsel. Leslie’s experience in governmental affairs includes service as general counsel and elections deputy to the Indiana Secretary of State, counsel to the State Recount Commission, and majority attorney to the President ProTempore of the Indiana State Senate.
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