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Dr. Benjamin Powell, Director

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TTU Plaza
Office 308E
Rawls College of Business
Office W360
806.834.3097
benjamin.powell@ttu.edu

 

 

Dr. Benjamin Powell is the inaugural Director of the Free Market Institute and Professor in the Area of Energy, Economics and Law in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.  He is the North American Editor of the Review of Austrian Economics, past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a Senior Fellow with the Independent Institute.  He earned his B.S. in Economics and Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.  Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he taught economics at Suffolk University and San Jose State University.

Professor Powell is the author of the Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press: forthcoming), editor of Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development (Stanford University Press: 2008) and co-editor of Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (Transaction: 2009).  He is the author of more than 50 scholarly articles and policy studies.  His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, and public choice.

Dr. Powell's research findings have been reported in more than 100 popular press outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  He also writes frequently for the popular press.  His popular writing has appeared in the Investor's Business Daily, The Financial Times (London), the Christian Science Monitor, and many regional outlets.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Showtime, CNBC, and he was a regular guest commentator on Fox Business' Freedom Watch.  For more information about Dr. Powell, please visit www.benjaminwpowell.com.

 

Dr. Eduardo Segarra, Affiliated Faculty

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Dr. Eduardo Segarra is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Segarra has been a faculty member at Texas Tech University since 1988.  He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech University in 1986.  His primary research concerns the improvement of decision-making by the consideration of emerging technologies, changes in public policy, and environmental and resource constraints that are likely to affect society at large.

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Giberson, Affiliated Faculty

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Dr. Michael Giberson is an Associate Professor of Practice with the Center for Energy Commerce in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.  He teaches U.S. Energy Policy and Regulation, Energy Economics, and other energy-related courses.  Formerly, he was an economist with Potomac Economics, Ltd., a leading provider of independent market monitoring and economic analysis to the electric power industry.  Dr. Giberson earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2004. For more information about Dr. Giberson, please visit giberson.ba.ttu.edu.

 

 

Dr. Kathleen Sheehan, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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TTU Plaza
Office 308B
806.834.1164
kathleen.sheehan@ttu.edu

 

 

 

Kathleen Sheehan is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Free Market Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University where she taught Comparative Economic Systems, Principles of Microeconomics, and Principles of Macroeconomics. Her research interests include institutional analysis, public economics, spatial econometrics, and economic development. In particular, her research examines the origins of economic freedom and how globalization and technology affect governance and institutions. She earned a Master of Arts in Economics from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from Capital University. She was an Adam Smith Fellow and a Visiting Dissertation Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and was the W. Marston and Katharine B. Becker Doctoral Fellow at West Virginia University. For more information about Dr. Sheehan, please visit www.kathleenmsheehan.com.

 

Charles Long, Administrator and Economist

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TTU Plaza
Office 308A
806.834.4787
charles.v.long@ttu.edu

 

 

Charles Long serves as Administrator and Economist for the Free Market Institute and Instructor of Applied Business Economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University.  Prior to joining Texas Tech University, Charles worked in purchasing for a wholesale distribution company near his hometown outside of Philadelphia, worked in fundraising for a DC-based education reform non-profit and completed a non-profit management training program while working as a program associate for a charitable foundation.  Charles earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 2007 and a Master of Science in Economic Policy from Suffolk University in 2009.  While at Suffolk University, he worked as a Research Assistant for the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research and an adjunct instructor for the Department of Economics.

 

Audrey Redford, Research Assistant

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TTU Plaza
Office 308F
806.834.7980
audrey.redford@ttu.edu

 

 

 


Audrey Redford is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University.  Audrey graduated from James Madison University in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Political Economy. She is an Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Summer Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Her research interests include Austrian economics and political economy and their applications to analysis of the war on drugs in the United States. For more information about Ms. Redford, please visit www.audreyredford.com.

 

Raymond March, Research Assistant

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TTU Plaza
Office 308I
806.742.7138
raymond.march@ttu.edu

 

 


Raymond March is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University. Raymond graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2012 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. His research interests include Austrian economics and new institutional economics and their applications to anlaysis of the effects of government intervention in healthcare markets. Raymond's current research project is part of the Free Market Institute's sponsored research program investigating the origins of economic freedom and prosperity. The project aims to identify and develop empirical measures of institutional factors that contribute to the emergence of economic freedom.

 

 

 

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