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Executive Director

Benjamin Powell, Director

Benjamin Powell is the executive director of the Free Market Institute and a professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

Associate Managing Director

Charles Long, Associate Director

Charles Long is the associate managing director of the Free Market Institute and an instructor of applied business economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

Faculty

Jamie Bologna, FMI Faculty Affiliate

Jamie Bologna Pavlik is a research fellow at the Free Market Institute and an assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Bryan Cutsinger, Research Assistant Professor

Bryan Cutsinger is a research assistant professor at the Free Market Institute and an assistant professor of economics at the Norris-Vincent College of Business at Angelo State University. He is also the assistant director for Free Market Institute programming at Angelo State University.

Kevin Grier, Gordon Tullock Professor of Political Economy

Kevin Grier is Gordon Tullock Professor of Political Economy at the Free Market Institute and a professor of political science in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Robin Grier, Professor of Economics

Robin Grier is a professor of economics at the Free Market Institute.

Adam Martin, Political Economy Research Fellow

Adam Martin is Political Economy Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute and an associate professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Alexander Salter, Comparative Economics Research Fellow

Alexander Salter is Comparative Economics Research Fellow at the Free Market Institute and an assistant professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

Andrew Young, FMI Faculty Affiliate

Andrew Young is the director of graduate students and a research fellow at the Free Market Institute. He is also a professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration.

Faculty Affiliates

Gilbert Berdine, Faculty Affiliate

Gilbert Berdine is an associate professor of internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a faculty affiliate at the Free Market Institute.

Michael Giberson, Faculty Affiliate

Michael Giberson is an associate professor of practice in the area of energy, economics, and law in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration and a faculty affiliate at the Free Market Institute.

Eduardo Segarra, Faculty Affiliate

Eduardo Segarra is a professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and a faculty affiliate at the Free Market Institute.

Research Associates

Rafael Acevedo, Research Associate

Rafael Acevedo is a research associate at the Free Market Institute.

Edwar Escalante, Research Associate

Edwar Escalante is a research associate at the Free Market Institute. He is also an instructor of economics at the Norris-Vincent College of Business at Anglo State University.

Linan Peng, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Linan Peng is a post-doctoral research associate at the Free Market Institute.

Research Assistants

Michael Makovi, Research Assistant

Michael Makovi is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Jorge Romero-Habeych, Research Assistant

Jorge Romero-Habeych is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Daniel Sánchez-Piñol, Research Assistant

Daniel Sánchez-Piñol is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Justin Callais, Research Assistant

Justin Callais is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Israt Jahan, Research Assistant

Israt Jahan is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Rok Novak, Research Assistant

Rok Novak is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a second year graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

John Lancaster, Research Assistant

John Lancaster is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Gor Mkrtchian, Research Assistant

Gor Mkrtchian is a research assistant at the Free Market Institute and a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science.

Administrative Staff

Estefanía Luján Padilla, Administrator for Research Programming

Estefanía Luján Padilla is the administrator for research programming at the Free Market Institute.

Amanda Smith, Administrator for Student and Public Programming

Amanda Smith is the administrator for student and public programming at the Free Market Institute.

For a listing of past research staff and past Ph.D. Fellows, please visit the Free Market Institute Alumni page.

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