TROY, Ala.—Dr. Scott Beaulier has been named executive director for the newly formed Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.
As executive director, Dr. Beaulier will guide the Center’s mission of advancing the understanding of economic freedom through research and teaching. He will also serve as an associate professor of economics.
“The Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy promotes teaching and research efforts that examine the role economic freedom plays in economic development and human flourishing,” Dr. Beaulier said. “Towards this end, the Johnson Center will support theoretical, policy relevant academic research and teaching efforts that explore the causes and consequences of economic freedom.”
Before coming to TROY, Dr. Beaulier was Department Chair of Economics and the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism at Mercer University. As Department Chair, he helped raise nearly $1.1 million in external support and increased enrollment in the economics major from five to 35 students.
He completed his doctoral degree at George Mason University in 2004, and is the author of several academic articles that focus on issues in applied microeconomics, public choice economics, and development economics. He has also published a number of opinion editorial pieces, and is a frequent commentator on local radio and television networks. In the summer of 2004, he led a team of researchers to Botswana for seven weeks of fieldwork. The focus of this study was on how Botswana—a landlocked, sub-Saharan African country—managed to escape the “natural resource curse.”
The Johnson Center was formed with the support of a $3.6 million gift from Dr. Manuel H. Johnson, BB&T and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.