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Board of Scholars

The Board of Scholars is an annual appointment extended to renowned academics whose work study and advances the freedom philosophy. Building strong long terms partnership relations with the scholars furthers FEE’s mission to inspire, educate and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of free society.

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Distinguished Scholars

Peter T. Leeson

Peter Leeson is Professor of Law and Economics at George Mason University. He is a Distinguished Scholar for the Center for the Study of Political Economy at Hampden-Sydney College, resides on the executive committee for the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics and the board of scholars for the Virginia Institute for Public Policy. He is North America editor for Public Choice and Associate Editor for the Review of Austrian Economics. His first book, The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, published in 2009 and is translated into five languages. His latest book Anarchy Unbound is forthcoming.

Research interests: voluntary organizations, Austrian economics, public choice.


Christopher Coyne

Christopher Coyne is associate professor of economics and director of the graduate programs in economics at George Mason University. He is also the North American Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics. In 2008, Professor Coyne was named the Hayek Fellow at the London School of Economics, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center at Bowling Green State University. Professor Coyne is the author of After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2007, Stanford University Press), Media, Development and Institutional Change (co-authored with Peter Leeson, 2009, Edward Elgar Publishing), and the editor (with Rachel Mathers-Coyne) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing). His latest bookDoing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails was published in May 2013 .

Research interests: economic development, Austrian economics, foreign aid, interventionism.


Edward J. Lopez

Edward Lopez is Professor of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Western Carolina University. Previously, he was associate professor of economics at San Jose State University, program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, scholar in residence at Liberty Fund. 1Professor Lopez served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, 2010-2011. He received his doctorate in economics from George Mason University. Professor Lopez is the author of the book The Pursuit of Justice, published by the Independent Institute in 2010 and co-author of Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers, published in November 2012.

Research interests: public choice, law and economics, property takings (eminent domain), campaign finance.


Israel M. Kirzner

Israel Kirzner is Emeritus Professor of Economics at New York University. He is widely published (some of his books include: The Economic Point of View, Market Theory and the Price System, An Essay on Capital, Competition and Entrepreneurship, Perception, Opportunity and Profit Studies in the Theory of Entrepreneurship, Discovery, Capitalism and Distributive Justice). Also, he has published many articles and edited both books and journals. He resides in New York.


Claudia R. Williamson

Claudia R. Williamson is Assistant Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University. Previously she was post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute (DRI) of New York University where she worked with William Easterly. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of development policies, such as foreign aid. Professor Williamson completed her Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University in May. She spent the 2007-2008 year at George Mason University as the F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics extending her research on the political economy of property rights institutions. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals  including the Journal of Law and EconomicsWorld DevelopmentJournal of Comparative EconomicsPublic Choice, and Southern Economic Journal and contributed multiple chapters to edited books. Claudia Williamson is the recipient of the 2012 Best Paper Award by The Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE).

Research interests: economic development, foreign aid, institutional analysis.


Adam Martin

Adam Martin is Lecturer at the Department of Political Economy, King's College in London. He is one of the founders of the Carl Menger Prize at the Society for Development of Austrian Economics, as well as the Humane Studies Fellowship director at the Institute for Humane Studies. In his academic career, Dr. Martin has taught at Georgetown University, New York University and Duke University. He received his PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Research interests: comparative economics, economic development, public choice, history of thought, political philosophy.


Nikolai G. Wenzel

Nikolai G. Wenzel is Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a former Foreign Service Office (by competitive examination) with the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Vice-Consul and Special Assistant to the US Ambassador at the US Embassy in Mexico City.  Dr. Wenzel holds a BSFS cum laude in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, as well as an MA and PhD from George Mason University, where he wrote under Professor Richard E. Wagner.

His research focuses primarily on constitutional political economy (comparative and theoretical), philosophy and economics, the work of F.A. Hayek, and wine economics.  He is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, and the American Association of Wine Economists.

Research interests: public choice, constitutional political analysis, Austrian econonomics.


Steven Horwitz

Steven Horwitz is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University and the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective, now in paperback.


Bradley J. Birzer


Scott Beaulier

Scott Beaulier is Executive Director of Arizona State University’s new Center for Economic Liberty within the W.P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Beaulier is at the forefront of building an academic and research center dedicated to studying the impact government policies have on economic growth and individual well-being.

Prior to his role at the Center for Economic Liberty, Dr. Beaulier served as Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Under his leadership, the Johnson Center grew into a robust academic center: In just three years, Dr. Beaulier recruited seven top-notch Ph.D. economists to campus and expanded the program offerings to include both a major and a master of arts in economics.

Dr. Beaulier is the author of many academic articles and policy papers, and he also writes regularly for mainstream and online media outlets. His writing and policy work geared towards general audiences, has appeared in outlets that include the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and Bloomberg, and it addresses some of the most pressing and hotly debated issues facing the U.S. and the world. He is a regular contributor to RealClearMarkets and is frequently tapped as an expert guest by radio and TV programs.

Dr. Beaulier earned his BS in Economics and History from Northern Michigan University and his MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University.


Art Carden


Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute. 


Lawrence H. White

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and The Freeman contributor.  He previously taught at New York University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  He received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.  His major areas of research and teaching are monetary theory and policy, economic history, and the history of economic ideas. He is the author of Free Banking in Britain, Competition and Currency, and The Theory of Monetary Institutions.  His articles have appeared in theAmerican Economic Review and other leading professional journals. Professor White is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years, published in 2012.

Research interests: free banking, money, macroeconomics, economic history.


Sandy Ikeda Sandy Ikeda is a professor of economics at Purchase College, SUNY, and the author of The Dynamics of the Mixed Economy: Toward a Theory of Interventionism.


Ivan Pongracic Jr.


Anthony Carilli

Anthony Carilli is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Study of Political Economy at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northeastern University. He serves on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is on the Board of Scholars for the Virginia Institute of Public Policy and the Society for Development of Austrian Economics.

Research interests: rural firefighting, NASCAR, social capital, Austrian business cycle theory, and monetary regimes.


Burton W. Folsom


Robert Higgs


Peter J. Boettke


Edward Stringham