Research Advisory Council

Dr. Susan Aud, Research Associate, Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation

Dr. Michael Bond, Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, University of Arizona

Dr. Jack Chambless, Professor of Economics, Valencia College

Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Thomas DiBacco, Professor Emeritus of History, American University

Dr. Dino Falaschetti, Director of Operations, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

Dr. James Gwartney, Professor of Economics, Florida State University

Dr. Bradley K. Hobbs, Professor of Free Enterprise, Florida Gulf Coast University

Dr. Randall Holcombe, Professor of Economics, Florida State University

Dr. Barry Poulson, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado

Dr. Linda Raeder, Associate Professor of Political Science, Palm Beach Atlantic University

J.B. Ruhl, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law

Peter Schweizer, Author and Speaker

James M. Taylor, J.D., Senior Fellow of Environmental Policy, Heartland Institute

Dr. J. Antonio Villamil, Founder and Principal of The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION OF RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL BELOW

Dr. Susan Aud, Research Associate, Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation
Dr. Susan L. Aud teaches doctoral level quantitative methods courses as a professorial lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research has predominately been focused on K-12 public education fiscal policy, as well the competitive and efficiency effects of school choice on the public school system, Dr. Aud received her Ph.D. from George Mason University and an MBA in Finance from George Washington University.

Dr. Michael Bond, Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, University of Arizona
Michael Bond, Ph.D., is the Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the University of Arizona. He has taught health care finance along with numerous other courses. He is an active consultant and has worked with over 150 law firms and companies on mumerous issues. His work on Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) and health-care policy reform has received national attention and appeared in a wide range of professional and popular publications, including Health Care Financial Management, Public Personnel Management, Compensation and Benefits Review, Benefits Quarterly, and Business Horizons. Along with over 70 articles and presentations, he is the author of the nation’s first practical guide to reforming Medicaid using a market based plan (published by the Buckeye Institute in 2003). This resulted in the establishment of a Medicaid Commission in Ohio that adopted many of the proposals in their final report. The State of Florida proposed Medicaid reforms based on his “Insurance & Provider Exchange Model”. Mike earned his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in economics from Case Western Reserve University and serves as an advisor on Medicaid to the Governor of South Carolina Governor.

Dr. Jack Chambless, Professor of Economics, Valencia College
Jack A. Chambless is a professor of economics and professional speaker.  He has taught since 1991 at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where he served as the the Patricia Whalen Chair in Social Science in 1999 and 2004.   In addition to teaching Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics he has also taught honors courses in economics and special topics courses entitled “Applied Microeconomics” and “Oil, Economics and Terrorism.”  He also teaches online courses in both micro and macroeconomics.

He is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of The Orlando Sentinel and has had his work published in The Wall Street Journal, The University of Miami Law Review, The Public Utilities Fortnightly, The Raleigh News & Observer, Orlando Magazine and many other domestic publications.  His work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Reason Magazine, The Foreign Press Review, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Detroit News, The British Caledonian Press and many other foreign and domestic publications.

In addition to teaching, Professor Chambless speaks frequently around the United States on the Economics of Liberty. He has lectured at The Foundation for Economic Education in New York; The Young America’s Foundation Freedom Fest in Las Vegas; The Florida Libertarian Convention, The Florida Parent Educators Association convention, the Alabama Home School Expo and Georgia State University. He has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts including CNBC’s Inside Opinion, FoxNews Europe, Fox & Friends and Your World with Neal Cavuto (FoxNews), The Neal Boortz Show, the BBC, National Public Radio, Rick Green’s Wallbuilders Live, The Janine Turner Show and The Jim Hightower Show.   He is also currently serving as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute – a think tank in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of two economics textbooks – An Applied Approach to Microeconomics and An Applied Approach to Macroeconomics, both published by Kendall Hunt. Webpage: http://jackchambless.com/default.html

Dr. Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University
Marshall L. DeRosa is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Houston, and has taught at Louisiana State University and Davis and Elkins College. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a founding member of the Academy of Philosophy & Letters, a Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Philadelphia Society. His publications include The Confederate Constitution of 1861: An Inquiry Into American Constitutionalism (University of Missouri Press) and The Ninth Amendment and the Politics of Creative Jurisprudence (Transaction Publishers) and most recently Redeeming American Democracy (Pelican Publishing Company 2007). His research interests include American jurisprudence, federalism, and civics education.

Dr. Thomas DiBacco, Professor Emeritus of History, American University
Thomas V. DiBacco has had a distinguished career in teaching (U.S. History, U.S. Social History, and History of Business, Technology, and the Economy) and as a consultant to governmental and private organizations. He is the author of numerous books, including “Made in the U.S.A.”, and articles in scholarly journals and newspapers. He retired in 1999.

Dr. Dino Falaschetti, Associate Professor of Law & Economics, Florida State University College of Law
Through 20 years of experience in business, policy, and academic research and teaching, Dino Falaschetti (PhD, MBA, CPA) managed Fortune 100 audit-engagements and corporate finance operations, created insightful business analytics and litigation support strategies, and helped develop productive policies for the White House and state legislatures.

Dr. Falaschetti now serves as Executive Director of the Property & Environment Research Center (PERC), an economic think tank that helps entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers develop market solutions to environmental problems. He also serves as Special Consultant to Economists Incorporated, which offers research-based analysis and strategic advice to corporations, government agencies, and legal counselors worldwide.

Elizabeth Price Foley, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
Professor Foley is a founding member of the FIU College of Law.  She teaches constitutional law, civil procedure and health care law. She is the author of Liberty for All: Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality (Yale University Press 2006) and The Law of Life and Death (Harvard University Press 2011) and The Tea Party: Three Principles (Cambridge University Press 2012).  She is a frequent media commentator and op-ed writer, and her opinions have been aired by The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, SCOTUSblog.com, Jurist, CNN and the BBC.  Her writings on constitutional and health care law have been published by the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Arizona Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Syracuse Law Review, Food & Drug Law Journal, Albany Law Review, Wayne Law Review, and the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court, among others.

Professor Foley presently serves on the Editorial Board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, an annual publication of the Cato Institute in which leading legal scholars analyze the most important cases of the Supreme Court’s most recent term.  She also serves as a regular guest blogger for Instapundit.com.  She served as a member of the Committee on Embryonic Stem Cell Guidelines of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and in 2011 was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar at the College of Law of the National University of Ireland, Galway.  From 2011-2013, Foley held the Institute for Justice Chair in Constitutional Litigation, during which time she served as Executive Director of the Florida Chapter of the Institute for Justice, litigating constitutional cases relating to economic liberty.  She has authored or co-authored several amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the Institute for Justice’s brief on Obamacare.  In 2012, Professor Foley was selected to give a talk at FIU’s inaugural TEDx event, on the topic “When Are You Really Dead?”

Prior to joining FIU, Professor Foley was a Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the MSU College of Human Medicine. Prior to becoming a law teacher, Foley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and spent several years on Capitol Hill as a health policy advisor, serving as Senior Legislative Aide to U.S. Congressman (now U.S. Senator) Ron Wyden (D-OR), Legislative Aide for the D.C. office of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, and a Legislative Aide for U.S. Congressman Michael Andrews (D-TX).

Professor Foley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the Tennessee Law Review, inducted into Order of the Coif, and valedictorian of her class. She has a B.A. in History from Emory University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. An energetic and innovative classroom teacher, Professor Foley was selected in 2012 as First Runner-Up for FIU’s “Worlds Ahead” Faculty Award.  She received the “Professor of the Year” award from the College of Law for the 2009-2010 academic year.  She is admitted to practice law in Florida, Texas, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Webpage: http://www.elizabethpricefoley.com/.

Dr. James Gwartney, Professor of Economics, Florida State University
Dr. Gwartney, Professor of Economics, holder of the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair and Director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. During 1999-2000, he served as Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice (Thompson/South-Western Press). This text, now in its 10th edition, has been used by more than 1 million students during the last two decades. He is author (or coauthor) of numerous books and articles, including Economic Freedom of the World, an annual report published by a worldwide network of institutes and What Everyone Should Know About Economics and Prosperity, (1993), a book designed for the interested lay reader of economics. The English version of this book has been translated into 15 foreign languages. His doctoral degree in economics is from the University of Washington. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, China and Latin America. During 1993-94, Dr. Gwartney was a Visiting Professor of Economics at Central European University in Prague, Czech Republic. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he was invited by the incoming Putin Administration in March 2000 to make presentations and have discussions with leading Russian economists concerning the future of the Russian economy. His professional publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Cato Journal, and European Journal of Political Economy. His writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and Investor’s Business Daily. James Gwartney is currently the Director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University.

Dr. Bradley K. Hobbs, Professor of Free Enterprise, Florida Gulf Coast University
Bradley K. Hobbs is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise at Florida Gulf Coast University. Professor Hobbs earned his undergraduate degree in history and his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University (1991). His interests are wide in range encompassing economic history, the moral and philosophical foundations of free markets, property rights, economic freedom, and teaching methodologies. He has published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Journal of Real Estate Research, Laissez-Faire, Journal of Executive Education, Financial Practice and Education, and Research in Finance, among others. He has also has written for the Foundation for Economic Education, the Institute for Humane Studies and the Florida Council on Economic Education. Professor Hobbs has been active in leading undergraduate research and was recently recruited as the founding Faculty Advisor for a new undergraduate research journal, the Journal of Liberty and Society. He has been a member of the National Teaching Faculty for the Foundation for Teaching Economics since 2001, taught for the Institute for Humane Studies, The Koch Associate Program and is active in The Liberty Fund having participated in programs as a participant, Discussion Leader, and Director. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Association for Private Enterprise.

Dr. Randall Holcombe, Professor of Economics, Florida State University
Randall G. Holcombe is the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and has taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to coming to Florida State in 1988. Dr. Holcombe served on Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006. He was president of the Public Choice Society and the Society for the Development of Austrian economics. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. He is the author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His most recent book, From Liberty to Democracy: The Transformation of American Government was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2002. His primary areas of research are public finance and the economic analysis of public policy issues.

Dr. Barry Poulson, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado
Barry W. Poulson, Ph.D., Ohio State, 1965, is a professor of economics specializing in development economics and economic history. His recent research focuses on convergence of economic growth in frontier economies. He is also completing a project on the impact of constitutional constraints on fiscal policy. Dr. Poulson is a Past President of the North American Economics and Finance Association. He is currently an adjunct scholar of the Heritage Foundation and senior fellow of the Independence Institute. He also serves on the Colorado Commission on Taxation.

Dr. Linda Raeder, Associate Professor of Political Science, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Dr. Raeder teaches political theory and political economy. Before joining the PBA faculty, she taught at the Center for U.S. Studies in Wittenberg, Germany. She has been associate editor of Humanitas, published by the National Humanities Institute, since 1994. Her publications include a book on the religious thought and aspirations of John Stuart Mill, John Stuart Mill and the Religion of Humanity (University of Missouri Press, 2002), as well as various articles on the nature and development of the Anglo-American liberal tradition, including “Hayek: A Man of Measure,” “Voegelin on Gnosticism, Modernity, and the Balance of Consciousness,” “Edmund Burke: Old Whig,” “Augustine and the Case for Limited Government,” “Liberalism and the Common Good,” “The Nature of Civil Society: an American Perspective,” “The Liberalism/Conservatism of Burke and Hayek: A Critical Comparison,” “Education and the Free Society” and “Marxism as Psychodrama.”  She is presently working on a book manuscript entitled “Freedom and American Society,” an elaboration of the Freedom in American Society course she has taught at PBA since 2001.

As a conference participant in the United States and Germany, she has presented papers such as “Civil Society and the Renewal of American Culture,” “The Nature of Civil Society,” “The Psychological Presidency,” “Liberalism and the Common Good” and “The Rule of Law.” She has been awarded numerous academic fellowships, including a Lambe Fellowship by the Institute for Humane Studies, a Weaver Fellowship by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, an Albright Fellowship by the University of Richmond and a Governor’s Fellowship by the University of Virginia. She also serves as a peer reviewer for scholarly journals in her field.

J.B. Ruhl, J.D., Professor of Law, Florida State University
J. B. Ruhl, the Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property, is a nationally regarded expert in the fields of endangered species protection, regulation of wetlands, ecosystem management, environmental impact analysis, and environmental and natural resources law. His extensive publications include his award-winning articles, “Currencies and the Commodification of Environmental Law,” 53 Stanford Law Review 539 (2000) (co-authored), and “Farms, Their Environmental Harms, and Environmental Law,” 27 Ecology Law Quarterly 263 (2000), each of which was selected by a national peer review committee as one of the ten best law review articles of the year in environmental law. Professor Ruhl is also co-author of the forthcoming casebook, The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (Foundation Press). He teaches Environmental Law, Land Use, and Property. Prior to joining the Florida State University College of Law faculty in 1999, Professor Ruhl taught at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and George Washington University Law School. Before entering law teaching, he was a partner in the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. in Austin Texas. Professor Ruhl has served as the Executive Editor of the American Bar Association, Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law quarterly, Natural Resources & Environment, and as the Publications Officer of that ABA Section.

Peter Schweizer, Author and Speaker
Mr. Schweizer is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A former consultant to NBC News, he also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. Government’s Sandia National Laboratory.

His books include:  DO AS I SAY (NOT AS I DO): PROFILES IN LIBERAL HYPOCRISY (Doubleday, October 2005),  THE BUSHES: PORTRAIT OF A DYNASTY(Doubleday, 2004/Anchor, 2005) , and REAGAN’S WAR: THE EPIC STORY OF HIS FORTY YEAR STRUGGLE AND FINAL TRIUMPH OVER COMMUNISM (Doubleday, 2002/Anchor 2003). His first novel, CHAIN OF COMMAND (co-authored with Caspar Weinberger), was released by Simon and Schuster in June 2005. Peter is Executive Producer of “In the Face of Evil” an epic documentary based on his book Reagan’s War.

His written work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere. He has spoken before dozens of corporate audiences including Amoco, Arthur Anderson, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, as well as numerous student groups including Young America’s Foundation, University of Virginia, and Florida State University.

He has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and the BBC.
Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University.

James M. Taylor, J.D., Senior Fellow of Environmental Policy, Heartland Institute
James M. Taylor is Senior Fellow of Environment Policy at the Heartland Institute. He is the organizer of the Heartland Institute’s annual International Conference on Climate Change, the largest annual conference of its kind, bringing together the world’s leading climate scientists disputing the notion that humans are causing a global warming crisis.

Taylor is a frequent witness in state legislative hearings regarding global warming issues. He is also a frequent speaker at state legislative conferences, including meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council. He has presented global warming analysis on the CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Hannity & Colmes, the Glenn Beck show, numerous national radio programs, and in virtually every major newspaper in the country. He has authored several policy studies on global warming and related issues, including “Scientific Consensus on Global Warming,” “State Greenhouse Gas Programs: An Economic and Scientific Analysis,” and “A Cost-Effective Bridge to Florida’s Energy Future.”

Taylor received his Bachelors Degree from Dartmouth College where he studied Atmospheric Science and majored in Government. He received his Law Degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Dr. J. Antonio Villamil, Founder and Principal of The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

Tony Villamil is a nationally recognized economist, with over thirty-five years of successful career as a business economist, university educator and high-level policymaker for both federal and state governments. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as US Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, receiving full US Senate confirmation of the Presidential appointment. Tony is the Founder and Principal of a successful economic consulting practice, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG), a Florida-based firm established in 1993 upon his return to the State from public service in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Villamil is the immediate past Chairman of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors of Florida, and during 1999-2000, he was selected by Governor Bush as his first Director for Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), Mercantil Commercebank, NA, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG). He was most recently appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve in the Florida District Export Council.

Among other professional and civic leadership positions, Tony was selected in 2008 as the founding Dean of the School of Business of St. Thomas University, serving successfully until December 31st, 2013 at which time he resigned to return full time to his growing economic consulting practice. He is currently Chairman of the Economic Roundtable of the Beacon Council—Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. Tony earned bachelor and master degrees in Economics from Louisiana State University (LSU), where he also completed coursework for the PhD degree. In 1991, Florida International University (FIU) awarded him a doctoral degree in Economics (hc), for “distinguished contributions to the Nation in the field of economics.” He frequently speaks to business, government and university audiences on economic topics.

Dr. Villamil is resident of Coral Gables, Florida, where he lives with his family, traveling frequently throughout Florida, the US and globally to conduct research and presentations for clients of the Washington Economics Group.

 
 

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