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Randall Holcombe is DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He received his PhD in economics from Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to coming to Florida State in 1988. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. He served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, was president of the Public Choice Society from 2006 to 2008, and was president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics in 2007. Dr. Holcombe is the author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include The Economic Foundations of Government (1994), Public Policy and the Quality of Life (1995), From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government (2002), and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress (2007). His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.
Gary Hoover travels the world speaking to Fortune 500 executives, trade associations, entrepreneurs, and college and high school students about how enterprises are built and how they stand the test of time. His speeches and workshops have ranged from the Hong Kong and Jakarta chapters of EO (Entrepreneurs' Organization) to keynote at the National Association of Convenience Stores Convention and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Conference, from Microsoft and Oracle client conferences to strategic planning meetings of major law firms. He talks about the role of history, of geography, of demography, of curiosity, and the other key things that aren’t discussed every day in the newspaper—or the classroom. As part of his education, he studied economics at the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman and two other Nobel Prize winners.
Steven Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA. He is the author of two books, Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), and he has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics and social theory of gender and the family. He has written and spoken extensively on the causes and cures of the Great Recession as well as a variety of contemporary economic myths. Horwitz has also appeared in numerous online videos for Learn Liberty and the Foundation for Economic Education. He has also done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the Cato Institute. Horwitz serves as the book review editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, and is a contributing editor of The Freeman, where he also has a weekly online column. He has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan. He is currently working on a book on classical liberalism and the family.
Professor Babu Joseph is currently President of the free-market think tank, Liberal Group-Kerala based in Kottayam, India. The think tank received Honorable Mention for the John Templeton Freedom Award in 2006, and members of the Indian group travelled to the Berlin School for Freedom conference in 1973 during the heyday of Cold War politics. He is willing to speak on the influence Milton Friedman had on Indian classical liberal thinking after independence.
Deepak K. Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, former President of the Mont Pelerin Society, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London, and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He was educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi and Jesus College, Oxford. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various U.N. agencies, and the ministries of planning in South Korea and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Lal is the author of a number of books, including The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty; Equity and Growth; Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance; and Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the 21st Century.
Steven E. Landsburg is a professor of economics at the University of Rochester (where students recently elected him "Professor of the Year"), the author of several popular books on economics including the widely praised Armchair Economist, and a prolific blogger at www.TheBigQuestions.com. He's been a regular columnist at both Forbes and Slate, and his op-eds appear from time to time in both The Wall Street Journaland The New York Times. His most popular lecture titles include "More Sex is Safer Sex: Some Surprises from Economic Theory" and "How to Fix Everything: The Power of Economic Growth". He also lectures frequently on population growth (he's for it!), income redistribution (he's largely against it!), tax policy, and the power of incentives.
Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Chair in Economic Freedom in the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the SMU Cox School of Business. An author of dozens of academic, policy-oriented, and popular articles, Lawson is also a founding co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report. Lawson has served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his BS in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his MS and PhD in economics from Florida State University.
Professor Lee received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1972. Since that time he has had full-time tenured faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, Virginia Tech University, George Mason University, and the University of Georgia, where he was the Ramsey Professor of Economics and Private Enterprise from 1985-2008. He is currently the William J. O’Neil Professor of Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Professor Lee's research has covered a variety of areas including the economics of the environment and natural resources, the economics of political decision making, public finance, law and economics, and labor economics. During his career Professor Lee has published 145 articles in refereed journals, 272 articles and commentaries in magazines and newspapers, 49 chapters in books, 33 book reviews, 9 monographs, coauthored 14 books, and been the contributing editor of 4 more. He has lectured at universities and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Central America, South America, Asia and Africa.
Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Network since 2009, Lips received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Previously, Lips was a research associate for Smith Barney Inc. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He has written on classical liberal ideas, including The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute, and two chapters in Freedom Champions, published by Atlas in 2011.
Herbert I. London is President Emeritus of Hudson Institute. He served as the Institute's President from December 1997 to March 2011. He is professor emeritus and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University. London was responsible for creating the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. This school was organized to promote the study of "great books" and classic texts. Herbert London is a graduate of Columbia University, 1960 and the recipient of a PhD from New York University, 1966.
Edward J. Lopez is Associate Professor of Law & Economics at San Jose State University in California, and Past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Over 15 years he has taught more than 75 classes in graduate and undergraduate economics. His primary research focus is comparing the performance of market, political, and legal institutions. Professor Lopez has published over forty scholarly articles and book chapters on topics in public choice, law & economics, and private enterprise. He is widely published in journals such as The Review of Law & Economics, Public Choice, The Southern Economic Journal, The Independent Review, and others. His second book, Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change (Stanford University Press, 2012), explains for general readers how ideas and interests do battle in shaping politics.
Editor of The National Review, Rich Lowry has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. His book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. Lowry graduated from the University of Virginia in 1990 after studying English and history.
Tibor Machan, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, AL, holds the R. C. Hoiles Chair in Free Enterprise and Business Ethics at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University, CA. He is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, CA. Machan is a syndicated and freelance columnist, author of 40+ books—most recently, The Morality of Business: A Profession of Human Wealth-Care (Springer, 2007)—editor of 20+ others and has written over a hundred scholarly papers, some of them now featured in various philosophy readers (including “A Brief Defense of Free Will,” “The Non-existence of Welfare Rights,” and “Do Animals Have Rights?”). Hoover Institution Press has published 10 volumes in the series Philosophical Reflections on a Free Society, which Machan has edited. His first trade book, Putting Humans First (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) was sold in many bookstores in America and the UK. Machan was a visiting professor at the US Military Academy, West Point, 1992-93. He edited Reason magazine for two years and was editor of Reason Papers, an annual journal of interdisciplinary normative studies, for 25 years. He lectures in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, the Republic of Georgia, and Latin America on business ethics and political philosophy. He has appeared on the late Bill Buckley’s Firing Line, and more recently on PBS-TV’s Religion and Ethics in America and Life & Styles, John Stossel’s John Stossel Goes to Washington, and C-Span’s In Depth. His memoir, titled The Man without a Hobby, 2nd edition, was published in 2012. His columns are syndicated by Freedom News Wire.
Robert McDonald is Associate Professor of History at the United States Military Academy, an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, and the Sons of the American Revolution Distinguished Scholar. He is completing a book to be titled Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Personality and an edited volume to be titled Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés. He is editor of Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy: Founding West Point (University of Virginia Press, 2004) and Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (University of Virginia Press, 2012) and has published several essays and articles in journals such as The Historian, Southern Cultures, and The Journal of the Early Republic. Rob is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Oxford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his PhD. Video and audio recordings of some of his previous presentations are available through Cato.org and LearnLiberty.org.
Jeffrey Miron is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Dr. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University at the latter, he was Department chairman for six years. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. Dr. Miron holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently writes the blog Libertarianism, from A to Z, at jeffreymiron.com. Dr. Miron has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and 50 op-eds in CNN.com, nytimes.com, forbes.com, and other outlets. Dr. Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and Fox television, BBC radio, and in dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world. Dr. Miron’s area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism. He has written extensively on the economic case against drug prohibition, and he has been a vocal critic of the Treasury bailout and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus. Dr. Miron is also a star teacher. In four of the past five years, the Senior Class at Harvard has chosen him as one of their favorite teachers. His most popular offering is a course titled “A Libertarian Perspective on Economic and Social Policy,” which has attracted more than nine hundred students in just five years.
Isaac Morehouse is a Gifts Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies where he helps raise support for the Institute's programs. Morehouse previously directed educational programs and policy programs and mentored students at IHS. Prior to IHS, Isaac worked at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Morehouse also spent over three years in the Michigan House of Representatives, was involved in a small business startup, founded an international humanitarian nonprofit, and ran a local taxpayer advocacy group. In addition to his work in fund raising, Isaac is a frequent lecturer to student groups on economic ideas, communication skills, the philosophy of freedom and more. He holds a master's degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and he received his bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University.
Joshua Muravchik is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and is also a Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute. He was once (1968-1973) the National Chairman of the Young People’s Socialist League. In coming to grips with his own past, Muravchik wrote Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Encounter; 2001), the definitive account of history’s greatest illusion. Mr. Muravchik, who received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, is also the author of eight other books and more than 400 articles on ideology, politics and international affairs, contributing to, among others, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Magazine, Commentary, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard. Some years back, The Wall Street Journal's op-ed editor wrote: "Muravchik may be the most cogent and careful of the neoconservative writers on foreign policy."
David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Under Nott's leadership, Reason's public policy experts have advised President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and numerous other officials on how to shrink the burden of government. His professional experience includes six years as president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he is credited with developing and implementing a business plan that led to a 250 percent increase in revenue. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, with Distinction, in Economics and Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
James Otteson received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught previously at Georgetown University and at the University of Alabama, and specializes in the history of modern philosophy, political philosophy, and the history and philosophy of economics. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. Often lecturing on Adam Smith, classical liberalism, and related topics, Dr. Otteson has served as a guest lecturer for organizations including the Foundation for Economic Education, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and the Fund for American Studies. His published writings include Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He received a Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order Prize in 2005, and was named first-prize winner of the Templeton Enterprise Award in 2007. In addition, Dr. Otteson is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and one of the primary contributors to the blog Pileus. He also maintains a personal website and blog at www.jamesotteson.com.
Dr. Palasek is currently the Director of Educational and Academic Programs at the John Locke Foundation. Dr. Palasek's teaching experience includes positions in economics at Tuskeegee Institute, the University of Hartford, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, Towson State University, North Carolina State University, Campbell University, and Peace College, among others. Upon moving to North Carolina in 1993, she spent nine years as a full-time homeschool parent before joining the Locke Foundation while maintaining an adjunct college teaching role. She received her B.Mus.Ed. from Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford, the MA in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Economics from George Mason University.
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