Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Allen Mendenhall

Grady Rosier Professor, Associate Dean of the Sorrell College of Business, and Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center 

Dr. Allen MendenhallB.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English and J.D. from West Virginia University, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University.

Dr. Mendenhall researches and writes about jurisprudence, political decentralization, legal history, and the intersection of the humanities with law and economics. He has authored or edited several books with university presses, academic trade publishers, and popular presses and has published widely in law reviews, peer-reviewed journals, and scholarly periodicals.  

Website of Dr. Allen Mendenhall


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Dr. Daniel Sutter

Director of Research and Academic Programs for the Manuel H. Johnson Center, Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics, and Program Coordinator for the M.A. in Economics

Dr. Daniel SutterPh.D. in Economics, George Mason University (1993)

Dr. Daniel Sutter's primary research interests include the societal impacts of extreme weather and climate change, ideological biases in the academy and news media, and the impacts of public policies and regulations. His publications include "Different but Equal? On the Contributions of Dissident Economists," published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, "Do People Respond to Low Probability Risks? Evidence from Tornado Risk and Mobile Homes," co-authored with Marc Poitras and published in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and "Can the Media be so Liberal? The Economics of Ideological Media Bias," Cato Journal, and "The Costs of Cooperation," co-authored Tyler Cowen and published in The Review of Austrian Economics.

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Daniel Sutter


Dr. John A. Dove

Manuel H. Johnson Professor of Economics

Dr. John DovePh.D. in Economics, West Virginia University (2012)

Dr. John Dove's main areas of research include state and local public finance, economic history, and political economy. His research has been published in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, and Business and Politics among others.

Curriculum Vitae of Dr. John Dove

Dr. Stephen C. Miller

Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise

Dr. Steven MillerPh.D. in Economics, George Mason University (2006)

Dr. Stephen C. Miller received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He previously was an Associate Professor of Economics and the SACSCOC Director at Western Carolina University. Dr. Miller’s research on the economics of politics and individual beliefs has been published in several academic journals, including Public Choice, Intelligence, Critical Review, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He also regularly writes and speaks to public audiences on Alabama’s economic and fiscal challenges. 

Website of Dr. Stephen Miller




Dr. Joy Buchanan

Dr. Joy BuchananDr. Joy Buchanan is an assistant professor of Quantitative Analysis and Economics at Samford's Brock School of Business. She uses economic experiments to understand behavior, especially in labor markets. Please see joybuchanan.com for her publications or economistwritingeveryday.com for blog posts. She got her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.


Dr. Art Carden

Dr. Ar CardenDr. Art Carden is a professor of economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business. He is also a senior fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research and the Fraser Institute; a research fellow with the Independent Institute; a senior fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee; a senior research fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; and co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal. His research on mass-market retailers, economic history, and the history of economic ideas has appeared in journals like the Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, Public Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy. He is a contributor to Forbes.com, and his commentaries and other articles have appeared in USA Today, Productive!, Black Belt, and many other outlets. He earned a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Alabama and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis. Before joining the faculty at Samford, Carden taught economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His first book, coauthored with Deirdre McCloskey and titled Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World, published by the University of Chicago Press, is available to purchase on Amazon. He lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children.


Dr. Paul Cleveland 

Dr. Paul ClevelandDr. Paul Cleveland is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Birmingham-Southern College. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics and has authored two books: Understanding the Modern Culture Wars and Unmasking the Sacred Lies. He is the co-author of two books: The Great Utopian Delusion with Clarence B. Carson and L. Dwayne Barney and the fourth edition of Basic Economics with Clarence B. Carson. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Private Enterprise, The Independent Review, The Journal of Markets & Morality, Religion and Liberty, Areopagus Journal, Mises Daily, and The Freeman. He has lectured on free enterprise in Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Peru, China, and Taiwan and serves as an adjunct scholar for the Alabama Policy Institute and as a part time scholar for the Apologetics Resource Center.


Dr. Michael DeBow

Dr. Michael DeBowProfessor Michael DeBow is the Stephen Everett Wells Professor of Municipal Law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Yale Law School. After practicing law in Washington, D.C., he clerked for Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He served as attorney-adviser to Federal Trade Commission chairman James C. Miller III and as special assistant to Assistant Attorney General Douglas Ginsburg in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been a special assistant for legal policy to Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor, adjunct fellow of the Alabama Policy Institute, visiting professor of law at George Mason University, Salvatori Fellow of The Heritage Foundation, and a member of the executive committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. 


Dr. Jason Jewell

Dr. Jason JewellPh.D. in Humanities, Florida State University (2004). Dr. Jewell chairs the Department of Humanities at Faulkner University, where he also directs the Center for Great Books and Human Flourishing. His research interests include the history of political thought, the history of economic thought, and the intersection of religion and culture. He is the author or co-author of three academic books and has contributed to nine academic journals and six encyclopedias. His most recent peer-reviewed article is "The Extent of Russell Kirk's Support for the Free Market" in the Journal of Markets and Morality (2020).


Dr. Clara E. Piano

Dr. Clara PianoDr. Clara Piano is a proud alumna of Creighton University (BSBA, Economics and Marketing) and George Mason University (Ph.D., Economics). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis at Samford University.  Her primary areas of research are family economics, the economics of religion, and political economy. She has published on mental health and marriage, the relationship between state and church welfare, the organization of Christian seminaries, and the School of Salamanca. Her work has also been featured in popular outlets like Public Discourse and the Faith & Economics podcast.  Beyond economics, Clara loves reading and discussing Catholic Social Thought, hiking with her dog, and enjoying the Sardinian food cooked by her husband. 


Dr. Lee Trepanier

Lee TrepanierDr. Lee Trepanier's scholarly interests include political philosopher Eric Voegelin, Politics and Literature, Religion and Politics, Liberalism and Conservatism, Democracy and Education, and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He is the author and editor of more than 25 books and publishes numerous academic articles and public intellectual essays. He is also editor of the Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film and Associate Editor of Law & Liberty


Dr. Marcus M. Witcher

Marcus M. WitcherDr. Marcus M. Witcher is an Assistant Professor of History at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. He received his BA from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011, an MA from the University of Alabama in 2013, and completed his Ph.D. in history from UA in 2017. His first book, Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism 1980-2016, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2019. Dr. Witcher is also the co-editor of the three volume Public Choice Analyses of Economic History (2018, 2018, 2019) and is the co-editor of Conversations on Conservatism: Speeches from the Philadelphia Society (2021). His next book, co-authored with Rachel Ferguson, is titled Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Promise of America and will be published by Emancipation Press in May of 2022.



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