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 J. Boettke is the Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and a professor in the economics department at George Mason University. Boettke was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his BA in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, he held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. In addition, Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic year. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems in Jena, Germany, the Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in Prague and Charles University in Prague.


Burt Folsom did his Ph.D. work at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a professor of History at Hillsdale College, a senior fellow in economic education for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and is FEE’s senior historian.  He has published many articles for the Mackinac Center and has published many books, including The Myth of the Robber Barons, and Urban Capitalists.  His latest book is New Deal or Raw Deal?  How FDR’s Economic Legacy Damaged America.  He writes for


Steven Horwitz is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in New York. 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.  A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he completed his MA and PhD in economics at George Mason University and received his A.B. in economics and philosophy from The University of Michigan.


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.




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.

Research interests: development economics, public choice, law and economics.


Brad Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History and Director of the American Studies Program at Hillsdale College. He completed his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has authored many books, including The American Democrat and Other Political Writings, The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth.

Research interests: American studies, Jacksonian America.


Art Carden is Assistant Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a regular contributor to The Freeman, Washington Examiner, and Professor Carden is also a senior research fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, research fellow with the Independent Institute, senior fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee.

Research interests: history of the American South, economic development, Wal Mart.


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.


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 book Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails was published in May 2013 .

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


Sanford Ikeda is an associate professor of economics at Purchase College, The State University of New York and a The Freeman contributor. His column Wabi Sabi appears twice monthly.  Professor Ikeda received his Ph.D. from New York University, where he is currently a visiting scholar and research associate.  His research interests include the dynamics of interventionism, public policy, the political economy of cities, antitrust, and Japanese drumming.  Professor Ikeda is past-president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. His publications include Dynamics of the Mixed Economy, The role of social capital in the market process, and How compatible are Public Choice and Austrian Political Economy?

Research interests: Austrian economics, antitrust, public choice, urban economics.


Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and former editor of The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. 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. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and the Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty. His book Crisis and Leviathan (25th Anniversary Edition) was released in December 2012.

Research interests: economic history, political economy


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.


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.


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.


Ivan Pongracic Jr. is an associate professor of economics at Hillsdale College, where he holds the William E. Hibbs/Ludwig von Mises Chair in Economics. He earned his PhD in 2004 from George Mason University.  Professor Pongracic also holds a BS degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University.  Prior to coming to Hillsdale he taught at Indiana Wesleyan University and George Mason University.  Prof. Pongracic has also worked for and been involved in various ways with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and Young America’s Foundation.  His first book, “Employees and Entrepreneurship: Spontaneity and Co-ordination in Non-hierarchical Business Organization,” came out in the Spring of 2009, published by Edward Elgar.

Research interests: Austrian economics, entrepreneurship, antitrust.


Benjamin PowellBenjamin Powell is director of The Institute for the Teaching and Study of Free Market Economics at Texas Tech, where he also teaches economics as visiting professor. Prior to joining Texas Tech I was an Associate Professor of Economics at Suffolk University and an Assistant Professor of Economics at San José State University and the Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. Professor Powell received his PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Research interests: economic development, comparative political economy, market process, housing economics.


Edward StringhamEdward Stringham is the Lloyd V. Hackley endowed chair for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise. He is professor of economics and entrepreneurship. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE), editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of more than two dozen articles in refereed journals, including Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics, and Public Choice.

Research interests: austrian economics, comparative economic studies, public choice, entrepreneurship.


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.


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 the American 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.


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 Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public 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.