Three economists bring experience to TROY's Johnson Center for Political Economy

Posted: Thursday, 09 June 2011

TROY -- The Sorrell College of Business and the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy have hired three new distinguished faculty members for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. George Crowley, assistant professor of economics; Dr. Daniel Smith, assistant professor of economics; and Dr. Daniel Sutter, professor of economics; have all been hired as tenure-track faculty members at Troy University.

"We are very fortunate, through the establishment of the Johnson Center, to have these highly qualified economists join the Sorrell College of Business," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "These newly appointed faculty bring a great mix of experience and research specialties to the college that will expand our ability to better educate students and generate quality economic policy publications."

Crowley comes to Troy University from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., where he was a graduate student and Charles G. Koch Doctoral Fellow. He was honored as the Best Doctoral Student in economics for the 2010-2011 academic year at WVU. Prior to attending WVU, Crowley earned his BBA in economics from Mercer University in 2007.

Smith comes to TROY with a BBA in economics from Northwood University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He most recently was the Oloffson Weaver Fellow of Political Economy Economics at George Mason University.

Sutter earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 1993. Having taught at the University of Texas—Pan American and the University of Oklahoma prior to joining Troy University. Dr. Sutter has published more than 80 journal articles and more than 20 book chapters and policy papers, and one book.

"We are extremely excited and honored to welcome Drs. Crowley, Smith, and Sutter to Troy University," said Scott Beaulier, Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. "Their passion for research and teaching will greatly enhance the economics program at TROY, and their interest in the role economic freedom plays in society fits in well with the center's mission."

Sullivan Award

Dr. George Crowley: His research interests include public economics and political economy, with an emphasis on constraints on government. He has written articles on the effects of federal aid to states, the role of property rights in economic growth, and gubernatorial term limits. His work has been published in the Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Management History.

Sullivan Award

Dr.Daniel Smith: In addition to his role at TROY, Smith is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. While at GMU he received the Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Essay Prize for one of his academic papers. He has given lectures for Atlas Network's Liberty Cafe, the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education.

Sullivan Award

Dr. Daniel Sutter: Sutter's research spans the areas of public choice, constitutional economics, Austrian economics and environmental economics, and it focuses on the constraint of government officials, the transition from authoritarian rule, automobile safety regulation, news media bias, the academic job market and the societal impacts of extreme weather. He is a senior affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and he has worked with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heartland Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Dr. Sutter was the director of graduate programs and director of societal impacts research with the Sasaki Institute while at the University of Oklahoma. His research on extreme weather has been funded by the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.