T.K. Coleman is a philosopher and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University and has worked as a licensed financial adviser for American Express, a Corporate Trainer for National Seminar Group, a Director of Business Development for Rock City Films Entertainment, and an Educator for the Continuing Education Divisions at Graceland University and Rockhurst University. T.K. is currently the Education Director for Praxis and he blogs daily on self-determinism, creativity, and philosophy at
Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a senior attorney in 2000. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment, and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts.
He served as counsel in a successful challenge to Nevada’s monopolistic limousine licensing practices, which effectively prevented small-business-persons from operating their own limousine services in the Las Vegas area. He was the lead attorney in the Institute’s successful defense of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy against a lawsuit by the Michigan Education Association challenging the Center’s right to quote the MEA’s president in fundraising literature, and he led IJ’s opposition to a nationwide effort to cartelize the interior design industry through anti-competitive occupational licensing requirements. Clark is also a member of the Institute’s school choice team. Besides representing parents and children in defense of Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and school choice programs in Arizona, Maine, Milwaukee, and elsewhere, he has participated in many debates in support of school choice.
Clark helped create the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement, which was designed to challenge the unconstitutional expansion of government by articulating a principled vision of judicial review, educating the public about the importance of a properly engaged judiciary, and advocating the Constitution as a charter of liberty and a bulwark against the illegitimate assumption of government power. Clark has written a book about judicial engagement, titled Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.
In his private capacity, Clark served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs in District of Columbia v. Heller, the historic case in which the Supreme Court announced for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun for self-defense.
Before joining the Institute for Justice, Clark spent four years as a litigator at the Dallas-based firm Thompson & Knight, where he worked on a wide variety of matters including professional malpractice, First Amendment and media law, complex commercial cases, and intellectual property litigation. Clark received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Royce Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
He has published widely, and most of his work focuses on Applied Microeconomics, Development Economics, and Political Economy. His op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and he also writes regularly for Forbes and the Birmingham News, which is Alabama’s largest newspaper.
Before coming to Troy University, he was Department Chair of Economics at Mercer University. He completed his Ph.D. work at George Mason University in 2004.
Daniel’s research has been published in a variety of scholarly outlets including Public Choice, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Review of Austrian Economics, 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.
Daniel is the William Barnett Professor of Free Enterprise Studies and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Loyola University in New Orleans where he has received awards for teaching, research and service. He is also the faculty advisor for the Loyola Economics Club. Daniel’s 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 they occur surrounding punishment and incarceration throughout history and in the United States today.
Daniel adheres to the fundamental belief that ideas matter.
Amy H. Sturgis
Making Innovation Possible: The Role of Economics in Scientific Progress
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis specializes in the fields of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University and teaches interdisciplinary studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Mythgard Institute. Sturgis serves on various awards committees for the Libertarian Futurist Society, contributes to the award-winning StarShipSofa podcast, has been featured in multiple LearnLiberty educational videos created by the Institute for Humane Studies for YouTube, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Sturgis has authored four books on U.S. presidential history and Native American studies and edited five books on science fiction and fantasy topics, and she has published more than 40 scholarly and mainstream book chapters, articles, and essays. A regular speaker at universities and genre conventions across North America and Europe, Sturgis has more than 200 professional presentations to her credit. In 2006, she was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. She also contributes regular "History of the Genre" features to and narrates contemporary science fiction stories for the UK-based podcast StarShipSofa. In 2010, it became the first podcast in history to win the prestigious Hugo Award. Her official website is http://www.amyhsturgis.com
Michael Malice has had an interest in zoology since receiving his very first paycheck as a contributor to Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine. After years maintaining marine life, he currently has over 200 species of succulent plants in his Brooklyn home, all of which can be seen on instagram.com/michaelmalice
. By day, Malice is the author of many books, having co-authored works with D.L. Hughley and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. His most recent project is DEAR READER: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, a first-person account of the DPRK's dearly departed leader.
Isaac Morehouse is an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He is the founder and CEO of Praxis
, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.
Isaac previously worked at the Institute for Humane Studies where he raised support for the institute’s programs, mentored students, and directed educational programs. Prior to IHS, Isaac was at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he created and directed Students for a Free Economy. Morehouse loves connecting people and helping them discover and realize their dreams. He’s been involved in a number of business and non-profit start-ups, run a taxpayer advocacy group, and played in a very mediocre band in college.
Isaac writes, speaks and teaches on entrepreneurship, economics, philosophy, freedom, communication skills, how to change the world and an assortment of other topics. He holds a master’s degree in economics with a focus on the Austrian School from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Western Michigan University (though he feels the latter was a waste of time and money).
Morehouse lives in lovely Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife and kids. When he’s not travelling the country, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, singing, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or playing at the beach. You can find him on Facebook if you want to know more or strike up a conversation.
Jeffrey Tucker is founder and CEO of Liberty.me
, distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for The Freeman
and Crisis Magazine
. He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast
, It’s a Jetson’s World
, A Beautiful Anarchy
, and Liberty.me: Liberty Is a Do-It-Yourself Project,
and thousands of articles, introductions, and prefaces. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website Mises.org, he now works on building Liberty.me as a social network and publishing platform for liberty-minded individuals.
Melissa M. Yeoh
People Aren't Pawns: Understanding the Economics of Human Behavior
Melissa Yeoh is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Campbell School of Business at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She has taught Principles of Economics, Econometrics, Economic History, Public Economics, and Environmental Economics. Dr. Yeoh has published on the political economy of congressional franking by U.S. legislators, the effect of Massachusetts’ health care reform on bankruptcy rates, and on the value of environmental amenities such as assured green space in housing developments on golf courses. Dr. Yeoh earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Clemson University in 2007. Dr. Yeoh also holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Vanderbilt University (August 2004) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Mississippi (May 1998). Dr. Yeoh is active in mentoring undergraduate research and has coauthored with her students.
Paul F. Cwik
Dr. Paul F. Cwik is a Professor of Economics at Mount Olive College; and for the 2013/14 year, he taught the BB&T classes on Free Enterprise at North Carolina State University. He has earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College, Michigan, an M.A. from Tulane University in Louisiana, and a Ph.D. from Auburn University in Alabama. He has taught classes at several colleges and universities such as Auburn University, Campbell University and Walsh College. He has been published in academic journals that include: The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
, Economic Affairs
, New Perspectives on Political Economy
, Business Ethics: A European Review
, as well as for the Mises Institute’s web pages, the Cobden Centre, and, of course, The Freeman
. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, his son (8), and two daughters (7 and 2.5 years).
Sandy Ikeda is an associate professor and coordinator of economics at Purchase College of the State University of New York, a visiting scholar and research associate at New York University, and a past-president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. He has lectured in North America and Europe, and has been for many years on the summer faculty of the Foundation for Economic Education.
He has written for Forbes, National Review Online, and The Freeman, while his scholarly publications have appeared in The Southern Economic Journal, The Review of Austrian Economics, Environmental Politics, Advances in Austrian Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, and Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines. In addition, he has published a book, Dynamics of the Mixed Economy (Routledge), and has contributed entries for The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (on Robert Moses) and for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism (on Jane Jacobs, rent seeking, and interventionism).
Dr. Ikeda’s research interests have included antitrust economics, the market process, and the dynamics of interventionism. More recently he has focused on the nature of trust and the political economy of cities. He currently writes a biweekly column for The Freeman called Wabi-sabi.
Malavika Nair is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University, AL. Her research interests revolve around Austrian Economics and the ability of the market economy and entrepreneurship to provide better economic and social outcomes. Her current research focuses on questions related to private enterprise in money production, monetary theory, financial history as well as the economics of caste.
Ivan Pongracic, Jr. is the William E. Hibbs/Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, where he has been teaching since 2000. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University in 1992, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees in economics from George Mason University in 1996 and 2004, respectively. Prior to coming to Hillsdale, he taught at Indiana Wesleyan University.
He came to truly appreciate the importance of free markets to human liberty and prosperity as a result of growing up in communist Yugoslavia, where he spent the first fourteen years of his life. He further developed his passion for the ideas of liberty and principles of economics through working for and being involved in various ways with many classical liberal and conservative institutions, such as the Foundation for Economic Education, the Independent Institute, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Cato Institute, and Young America's Foundation. His book Employees and Entrepreneurship came out in 2009.
Problem Solving 101: How Economic Thinking Can Create a Better World
Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
, the Albany Government Law Review
, and the Syracuse Law Review
, and his popular writing has appeared in Forbes
, USA Today
, the Huffington Post
, the New York Daily News
, and others. He is the editor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
is Director of the PPE Program at Duke University. He has published more than 100 articles in philosophy, economics, and political science. His fifth book, Choosing in Groups
, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. But forget all that: He is clearly best known as a podcaster
and an actor
. Munger holds a PhD in economics from Washington University, and is a past co-editor of Public Choice
. He currently co-edits The Independent Review
. Follow him on twitter @mungowitz , or his blog about Euvoluntary Exchange
Alexandre "Alex" Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He obtained his bachelor, master, and doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille (now called University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III) in France. His primary research interests are in the fields of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and law and economics. His doctoral dissertation was on Insider Trading, Agency Theory, and Corporate Governance
Alex Padilla has published several academic on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, Florida State Business Review, Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, other non-academic essays. His current research studies self-governance mechanisms in non-traditional industries with a special focus on the adult film industry.
Alex Padilla teaches Intermediate Microeconomics, Law & Economics, Industrial Organization, Economics of Vice and the traditional introduction to economics course sequence.
Alex Padilla is also the Director of the Exploring Economic Freedom Project at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. The Exploring Economic Freedom Project is dedicated to educate students and the general public about the role of economic and political freedom in promoting entrepreneurship, economic growth, prosperity, and peace. The Exploring Economic Freedom Project includes the Exploring Economic Freedom Lecture Series, which has hosted speakers such as Benjamin Powell, Robert Lawson, Edward Stringham, Peter Leeson, Chris Coyne, among others.
Alex Padilla's opinion pieces have appeared in Forbes Magazine, the Daily Caller, the Denver Post, the Tampa Bay Tribune, Denver Business Journal, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He has appeared on various local shows and more recently on Studio 12 PBS/Colorado Public Television to discuss Amendment 64.
Jeff Proctor is a Program Manager and Senior Instructor at the Charles Koch Institute in Arlington, VA. He received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Interactive Media from Harding University and a master’s degree in Economic from George Mason University. Jeff is also a 2008 graduate of the Koch Associate Program. For the past several years, he has worked with a number of non-profit organizations to improve management and innovation for the advancement of freer societies.