Fellows and Scholars

Director

Michael Podgursky is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he served as department chair from 1995 to 2005, and is a fellow of the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University. He has published numerous articles and reports on education policy and teacher quality.

Research Fellow

Howard J. Wall directs the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise and the Center for Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University. Prior to joining Lindenwood in 2011, he was a vice president and regional economics adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. While at the St.

Chief Economist

Joseph Haslag is a professor and the Kenneth Lay Chair in economics at the University of Missouri Columbia. An expert in monetary policy, Professor Haslag has done research at the Federal Reserve Banks of Saint Louis, Dallas, and Atlanta.

Research Fellow

Rik Hafer is the distinguished research professor of economics and finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After receiving his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1979, Rik worked in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis from 1979 to 1989, rising to the position of research officer.

Research Fellow

Daniel Thornton is vice president and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in 1981 Dr. Thornton was an associate professor of economics at Central Michigan University. Thornton received his Ph.D. in economic from the University of Missouri—Columbia and an M.S.

Research Fellow

Beverly Gossage is a consumer-based health care expert and research fellow with the Show-Me Institute. In addition to training and writing health savings account (HSA) policies for individuals and the self-employed, she helped pioneer them for businesses in Kansas and Missouri.

Research Fellow

Susan Feigenbaum, Ph.D., is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Previously, Feigenbaum was an associate professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School.

Reserch Fellow

David C. Rose is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published scholarly articles in a wide range of areas. His latest work is The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently working on Why Culture Matters Most (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Fellow and Senior Writer
A former foreign correspondent who spent four years in the Middle East and served as Business Week’s London bureau chief during Margaret Thatcher’s first two terms as Britain’s prime minister, Andrew is a regular contributor of essays and commentaries to leading national publications, including the American Spectator, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal.
Research Fellow

Michele Boldrin is Professor of Economics and Chair of the department at Washington University in St Louis. Previously, he has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, UCLA, Northwestern, Carlos III, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota.

Research Fellow

Bonnie Wilson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Louis University, where she has served as a member of the faculty since 2003. Previously, Bonnie was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.