Faculty (2014)


Dr. Anže Burger (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Burger was a faculty member in 2010 and will be in 2014.

Anže Burger is Assistant Professor of International Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Earlier, he was an economic adviser to the Slovene Finance Minister, young researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and visiting researcher at LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2006, Burger co-founded Free Society Institute, a Slovenian think-tank promoting libertarian ideas. His work and research interest include international trade, foreign direct investment, outsourcing, international business, and industrial policy. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.




Dr. Stephen Davies (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK)
Davies has been a faculty member since 2013.

Steve Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, Davies graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).



David Greenwald (II. gimnazija Maribor, Slovenia)
Greenwald was a faculty member in 2010 and 2013, and will be in 2014.

David Greenwald was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but after four years of translation work in Graz, Austria in the early 90s, he moved to Maribor, Slovenia, where he has been more or less happily teaching high school English for the last twelve years. Although his BA is in German and his Master's is in counseling psychology, he has been an "armchair Austrian" for more than five years now, studying the works of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Kevin Carson, and many others on his own time. These studies led him to develop a 30-hour project on the central bank for his Slovene students based on Rothbard's The Mystery of Banking, and which also includes an introduction to Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT) -- a theory whose timeliness today is regrettably undeniable. He is a semi-regular contributor to the Mises Daily, and is currently working on a seminar for teaching basic economics and social theory to beginners using the Socratic method.


Dr. Daniel J. Mitchell (Cato Institute, USA)
Mitchell has been a faculty member since 2011.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. He also served on the 1988 Bush/Quayle transition team and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, and Washington Times. He is a frequent guest on radio and television and a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. Mitchell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, USA.


Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Foundation, USA and Cato Institute, USA)
Palmer was a faculty member in 2012 and will be in 2014.

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, where he is among other responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. In the past, Dr. Palmer was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Palmer frequently lectures all over the world on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He is the author of "Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice" and editor of "The Morality of Capitalism" and "After the Welfare State." He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt and the Washington Post. He received his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, USA and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University, UK.


Christopher Snowdon (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK)
Christopher Snowdon will be a faculty member in 2014.

Christopher Snowdon is the Director of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in the United Kingdom. He is the author of The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800 (2011), The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-checking the Left's New Theory of Everything (2010), and Velvet Glove; Iron Fist (2009). He is also a journalist for Sp!ked and other publications. His work focuses on pleasure, prohibition and dodgy statistics. He has authored a number of publications including Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, The Proof of the Pudding, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling and Free Market Solutions in Health. Christopher holds a degree in history from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.



Tanja Stumberger Porcnik (Svetilnik, Slovenia and Cato Institute, USA)
Stumberger Porcnik has been a faculty member since 2008.

Tanja Stumberger Porcnik is a senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA and President of Svetilnik, a Slovenian think tank. Stumberger Porcnik serves on both Globalization Institute scientific board (Poland) and The Fund for American Studies alumni council (USA). In 2012 she was a teaching fellow at Georgetown University / The Fund for American Studies summer program in Prague, Czech Republic. From January 2006 to December 2011, Stumberger Porcnik was both research associate and manager of external relations at the Cato Institute, USA, the leading libertarian think tank in the world. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of Free Society Institute, Slovenia. Stumberger Porcnik has authored numerous articles and studies, among them she co-authored the Human Freedom Index, the first global index measuring human freedom consistent with a classical liberal approach. As an undergraduate, Stumberger Porcnik studied Applied Economics at both University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She did her graduate studies in American Political Thought at both the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Georgetown University, USA.


Dr. Janez ušteršič (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
ušteršič was a faculty member in 2009 and will be in 2014.

Janez ušteršič was a Minister of Finance, Slovenia between 2012 and 2013. For many years he has held positions in the academia, such as associate professor of economics at Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, a professor at the private Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica, and a professor at the International School for Social and Business Studies in Celje. From 2001 to 2007, he was director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD). ušteršič also vice-chaired the government's Reforms Committee and served as the national Lisbon Strategy coordinator. From 2005 to 2007 he was vice-chairman of the Economic Policy Committee to the ECOFIN. ušteršič was one of the initiators of the international Institutions in Transition conference and one of the founding members of the Slovenian Macro-Economic Forum (SMF). ušteršič co-authored articles published in Public Choice, Post-Communist Economies and Acta Oeconomica. ušteršič obtained a doctorate in the political economy of transition from the University of Ljubljana.



Faculty (2008-2013)


Mišo Alkalaj (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
Alkalaj was a faculty member in 2011.

Mišo Alkalaj is the head of Center for Network Infrastructure at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His team had developed the first WWW site in Slovenia in 1993, later known as "Mat’Kurja". Alkalaj is a mathematician by education, author of several books and an occasional free-lance journalist. He has lectured throughout Slovenia and appeared in various media as a columnist as well as a commentator. Alkalaj holds an M.A. in Mathematics from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.






Marijana Bađun (Institute of Public Finance, Croatia)
Bađun was a faculty member in 2009.

Marijana Bađun is an assistant at the Institute of Public Finance in Zagreb, Croatia. Prior to joining the institute, Badjun was an assistant at the Department of Macroeconomics and Economic Development, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb (2001-2007). Her fields of interest are Quality of public governance, Economic growth, and Government's role in the economy. Badjun is a member of both Transparency International Croatia and the editorial board of the scientific journal Financijska teorija i praksa (Financial Theory and Practice). Bađun received her M.A. from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb in 2005. Additionally, Badjun is an alumna of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, The Fund for American Studies, Prague in 1999.



Dr. John S. Baker, Jr. (Louisiana State University, USA)
Baker was a faculty member in 2010.

John Baker is the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. He has been director of LSU’s Latin America Program. He was a Visiting Professor at the law school of UPC, Lima Peru during 2009-10. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) since 1999, a professor at the TFAS Legal Studies Institute since 2007, a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines in 2006, and a lecturer at Hong Kong University in 2008 and 2009. He was a visiting professor at Georgetown Law School in 2008 and has also taught at Tulane, Pepperdine, and New York law schools. He regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Mediation and has taught International Law, Anti-Terrorism Law, Law and Medicine, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflicts of Law, and Civil Procedure. Baker also teaches a course on Separation of Powers with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia. While a professor, he has been a consultant to the Justice Department, the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Separation of Powers, the Office of Planning in the White House, USIA, and USAID. In addition, Baker argues in federal court, including having had oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court. Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas. He also earned a PhD from the University of London.


Doug Bandow (Cato Institute, USA)
Bandow was a faculty member in 2012.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.





Dr. Philip Booth (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK)
Booth was a faculty member in 2013.

Prof Philip Booth is Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and professor of insurance and risk management at Cass Business School, City University. Philip has written widely on pensions, social insurance and financial regulation and was formerly an advisor on financial stability issues at the Bank of England. He is author, co-author and editor of several books and think tank publications as well as editor of the journal Economic Affairs. He was Vice-Chairman of the Public Sector Pensions Commission (established in 2009).





Bernard Brščič (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Brščič was a faculty member from 2008 to 2010.

Bernard Brščič teaches economics at the University of Ljubljana. He earned master's degrees from both the University of Ljubljana and the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Ph.D. dissertation he is currently writing examines the relationship between Austrian and New Institutional Economics. Brščič also enjoys researching the History of Economic Thought, Political Economy, Economic Philosophy, and the Intellectual History of Liberalism. In 2000, together with Ljubo Sirc and Matej Kovač, he founded Ustanova za podjetništvo - Enterprise Institute.




Dr. Anže Burger (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Burger was a faculty member in 2010 and will be in 2014.

Anže Burger is Assistant Professor of International Economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Earlier, he was an economic adviser to the Slovene Finance Minister, young researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and visiting researcher at LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2006, Burger co-founded Free Society Institute, a Slovenian think-tank promoting libertarian ideas. His work and research interest include international trade, foreign direct investment, outsourcing, international business, and industrial policy. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.




Dr. Mark A. Calabria (Cato Institute, USA)
Calabria was a faculty member in 2011.

Mark A. Calabria is director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute. Before joining Cato in 2009, he spent six years as a member of the senior professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In that position, Calabria handled issues related to housing, mortgage finance, economics, banking and insurance for Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL). Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Calabria served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and also held a variety of positions at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors. He has extensive experience evaluating the impacts of legislative and regulatory proposals on financial and real estate markets, with particular emphasis on how policy changes in Washington affect low and moderate income households. Calabria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, USA.


Bob Chitester (Free To Choose Network, USA)
Chitester was a faculty member in 2012.

Bob Chitester is founder and president of Free To Choose Network and its production and educational initiatives Free To Choose Media and izzit.org. Bob has served as executive producer for The Power of Choice: the Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman (on PBS). In 1980 Bob Chitester brought Milton Friedman to public television and was responsible as executive producer for Friedman's landmark PBS series Free To Choose and the best-selling book that emanated from the series. Free or Equal, hosted by Swedish author Johan Norberg, is his latest production -- re-examining the impact of Free To Choose more than thirty years later.



Wayne Crews (Competitive Enterprise Institute, USA)
Crews was a faculty member in 2009.

Wayne Crews is Vice President for Policy and Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Earlier, Wayne was a legislative aide in the United States Senate to Sen. Phil Gramm, covering regulatory and welfare reform issues. He was an Economist and Policy Analyst at Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, and has worked as an a Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University. His work includes regulatory reform, antitrust and competition policy, safety and environmental issues, and various information-age concerns such as privacy, "spam," broadband, and intellectual property. He is the author of the yearly report, Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, and co-authored the recent report "Communications without Commissions: A National Plan for Reforming Telecom Regulation." Crews is co-editor of the books Who Rules the Net: Internet Governance and Jurisdiction (2003) and Copy Fights: The Future of Intellectual Property In the Information Age (2002). He is co-author of What's Yours Is Mine: Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism (2003).


Dr. Stephen Davies (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK)
Davies has been a faculty member since 2013.

Dr Steve Davies is Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).



David Greenwald (II. gimnazija Maribor, Slovenia)
Greenwald was a faculty member in 2010 and 2013, and will be in 2014.

David Greenwald was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but after four years of translation work in Graz, Austria in the early 90s, he moved to Maribor, Slovenia, where he has been more or less happily teaching high school English for the last twelve years. Although his BA is in German and his Master's is in counseling psychology, he has been an "armchair Austrian" for more than five years now, studying the works of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Kevin Carson, and many others on his own time. These studies led him to develop a 30-hour project on the central bank for his Slovene students based on Rothbard's The Mystery of Banking, and which also includes an introduction to Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT) -- a theory whose timeliness today is regrettably undeniable. He is a semi-regular contributor to the Mises Daily, and is currently working on a seminar for teaching basic economics and social theory to beginners using the Socratic method.


Dr. Philip Hanson (Chatham House, UK)
Hanson was a faculty member in 2009 and 2011.

Philip Hanson is an associate fellow at the Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia Programme. He is also an emeritus professor of the Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. He was also a visiting professor, University of Michigan, 1977; senior Mellon fellow, Harvard University, 1986/87; senior economic affairs officer, UN ECE, 1991-92; distinguished fellow, RFE/RL Research Institute, Munich, 1992 and visiting professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto, 2000. His main areas of interest are Comparative Economic Systems, the Soviet and Russian economies, and Economics of Transition. Hanson is the author of numerous books on socialism, Russia's Soviet economy, Soviet-Western relations and development and innovation in Western and Eastern Europe. Hanson is currently working on the issue of business-state relations in Russia and on the assessment of Russian economic policies.


Dr. Andrei Illarionov (Cato Institute, USA)
Illarionov was a faculty member in 2009.

Andrei Illarionov is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2000 to December 2005 he was the chief economic adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illarionov also served as the president's personal representative (sherpa) in the G-8. From 1993 to 1994 Illarionov served as chief economic adviser to the prime minister of the Russian Federation, Viktor Chernomyrdin. He resigned in February 1994 to protest changes in the government's economic policy. In July 1994 Illarionov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis and became its director. Illarionov has coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies. He is one of Russia's most forceful and articulate advocates of an open society and democratic capitalism. Illarionov received his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg University in 1987.


Ivan Janković (Katalaksija, Sebia)
Janković was a faculty member in 2008.

Ivan Janković is the editor of the web magazine Katalaksija. He has coauthored the libertarian economic programme of the Serbian LDP party, and often speaks to the media about economic issues. He has published numerous academic papers in Serbian and other foreign science journals. His research topics include political philosophy, economic theory (especially Austrian economics and public choice), and liberalism. Janković is currently an MA candidate in Political Science at University of Windsor in Canada, working on a thesis "Political Economy of Climate changem." Earlier, he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Belgrade and M.Phil in economics.




Zoltan Kesz (Free Market Foundation, Hungary)
Kesz was a faculty member in 2013.

Zoltan Kesz is one of the founders of the Free Market Foundation in Hungary. Kesz had the chance right after the changes took place in 1990 to study in the United States of America, and 10 years later to teach American History in a high-school in California as a Fulbright scholar. Kesz is an alum of the Liberty Seminars in 2008. He was also the first graduate of the Atlas Leadership Academy in 2012. In September, 2012, Kesz received the Pannonius Fellowship from Common Sense Society, a free market think tank operating in the US and Hungary. Still as a teacher, he has written several course-books for learners of English. He became the Asia Entrepreneur of the Year in February, 2013 with the common project of the Free Market Foundation and Political Capital to target racism in Hungary.



Primož Kocuvan (Društvo Svetilnik, Slovenia)
Kocuvan was a faculty member from 2008 to 2011.

Primož Kocuvan is active in special solutions, entrepreneurship, and start-up support. Over 15 years, he has acquired a significant amount of skills and experience in media, capital markets and equity. Kocuvan is one of the founders of the Društvo Svetilnik (2008), a non-governmental and non-profit organization of classical liberal thinkers in Slovenia. Kocuvan graduated in economics, focusing on institutionalism, public choice, property rights and financial analysis. Kocuvan is a Communications Manager at the Liberty Seminars.




Dr. Tanja Kosi (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
Kosi was a faculty member in 2011 and 2013.

Tanja Kosi is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Slovenia. From October 2008 to July 2009 Kosi was an EST Marie Curie Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Belgium. Her research areas are labor markets, entrepreneurship, economic public policies and business economics. Kosi received her B.A. from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Maribor in 2005, her M.A. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana in 2007 and her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska in 2011. During her graduate and undergraduate studies she was a visiting student at Catholic University of Louvain, The London School of Economics, and Vienna University of Economics and Business.



Matej Kovač (Enterprise Institute, Slovenia)
Kovač was a faculty member from 2008 to 2010.

Matej Kovač, a physics graduate from University of Ljubljana, is currently the managing director for foreign markets for the Slovenian legal online publisher IUS Software. He also writes bi-weekly columns for the Slovenian business daily Finance. Previously, he worked for many years in trade and investment promotion, and as a World Bank resident consultant in Serbia. In his social and business life, Kovač strives to reconcile his conservative convictions with his admiration of classical liberalism and the demands of the market. Together with Ljubo Sirc and Bernard Brščič, he established the Enterprise Institute - Ustanova za podjetništvo, a think-tank in Kranj, Slovenia. Kovač lives in Ljubljana with his wife Mojca and their three children.


Mark Littlewood (Institute of Economic Affairs, UK)
Littlewood was a faculty member in 2013.

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Mark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Prior to joining the IEA Mark was the Campaigns Director for the human rights group Liberty. After leaving Liberty in 2004, Mark founded NO21D, the group which opposes identity cards and the database state. In December 2004 he was appointed Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats and then went on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank and was its Communications Director until joining the IEA. During his time at the IEA Mark has written regularly for national and international publications, is a regular blogger on the Daily Mail's RightMinds website, contributed to Economic Affairs "Gambling and regulation: Why there is nothing to fear from liberalization" and wrote the chapter "Eternal vigilance can only be part of the strategy" in the book Big Brother Watch: The state of civil liberties. Mark frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4, Sky News, Today Programme and LBC.


Dr. Adam Martin (King's College London, UK)
Martin was a faculty member in 2012.

Adam Martin is professor at King's College London, UK. He also directs the Humane Studies Fellowship at IHS and is the F.A. Hayek Fellow in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at George Mason University, USA. Earlier in her career, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Development Research Institute, New York University and a visiting fellow with both the Social Ontology Group at Cambridge as well as the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke. His research interests include economic development, political economy and the philosophy of economics. Martin has published articles in journals such as Public Choice, Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Methodology, and Studies in Emergent Order. Martin earned Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, USA.



Dr. Tomasz Mickiewicz (University College London, UK)
Mickiewicz was a faculty member in 2010.

Tomasz Mickiewicz is a professor of Comparative Economics at the Department of Social Sciences (SSEES), University College London, UK. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies and on the editorial board of the journal Post-Communist Economies. In the past, he was a researcher at University of California at Davis and served as the deputy mayor of Lublin (Poland) responsible for economic policy and privatisation in the first democratically elected local government in Poland in 1990-1991. His principal research interests are entrepreneurship, privatisation, corporate governance, and the political economy of transition in the countries of Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mickiewicz earned his habilitation from Marie Curie University in 2008, after obtaining Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.


Dr. Daniel J. Mitchell (Cato Institute, USA)
Mitchell has been a faculty member since 2011.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. He also served on the 1988 Bush/Quayle transition team and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, and Washington Times. He is a frequent guest on radio and television and a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. Mitchell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, USA.



Dr. John Moore (Grove City College, USA)
Moore was a faculty member in 2009.

John H. Moore is President Emeritus of Grove City College and Chairman of the American Council on Science and Health. A recipient of the NSF's Distinguished Public Service Award, Moore serves on National Research Council committees and on the board of directors of both the George C. Marshall Institute and the Civilian Research and Development Foundation. His career began in 1959 as a research chemist for the Procter & Gamble Company. He began his academic career at the University of Virginia, where he taught until 1977. While there, he developed research interests in the economic systems of the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. He has also taught at the University of Miami, Florida, Emory University and Stanford University, where he was associate director of the Hoover Institution. In 1983, he was appointed to the National Science Board and served until his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 as National Science Foundation (NSF) deputy director. In 1989, Moore found an International Institute at George Mason University (GMU). Moore has published numerous books and articles on subjects such as science policy and the economic systems of Eastern and Central Europe. Moore earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, MBA from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.


Alexandar Novaković (Katalaksija, Serbia)
Novaković was a faculty member in 2008 and 2009.

Alexandar Novaković is from Belgrade, Serbia. After completing his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, he earned both MA in Political Science and MA in Philosophy. Currently, Novaković is a researcher at the Institute for Political Studies, and also an editor of Katalaksija, the first libertarian internet magazine in Serbia. Novaković is a co-author of a book Freedom and the Public (Sloboda i Javnost) and author of many articles and reviews from political theory and philosophy.





Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Foundation, USA and Cato Institute, USA)
Palmer was a faculty member in 2012 and will be in 2014.

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, where he is among other responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. In the past, Dr. Palmer was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Palmer frequently lectures all over the world on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He is the author of "Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice" and editor of "The Morality of Capitalism" and "After the Welfare State." He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt and the Washington Post. He received his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, USA and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University, UK.


Dr. Svetozar Pejovich (Texas A&M University, USA)
Pejović was a faculty member in 2009.

Svetozar Pejovich is a professor of emeritus at Texas A&M University. He is also a senior research fellow at International Centre for Economic Research, Torino, Italy, and a professor at University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro. In 2007, Pejovic was a visiting scholar at Mercatus Institute, George Mason University. Pejovich has written numerous books and articles on law & economics, including Law, Informal Rules and Economic Performance: The Case for Common Law (2008), The Economics of Property Rights (International Library of Critical Writings in Economics) (2001), and Life in the Soviet Union: A Report Card on Socialism (1987). Pejovich received an LL.B., from the University of Belgrade and a Ph.D. in economics from Georgetown University. Pejovich received an honorary doctorate from University of Belgrade in 2005.


Rado Pezdir (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
Pezdir was a faculty member in 2009.

Rado Pezdir is an economist. Pezdir is teaching economics and finance at both International School for Social and Business Studies in Celje, University of Maribor and Faculty of Mathematics, Sciences and Information Technologies, University of Primorska. Pezdir is an author of a book on Slovenian transition, titled Slovenska tranzicija od Kardelja do tajkunov (2008) and writes an open editorial for business daily Finance. He has appeared on various Slovenian TV and radio channels. Pezdir obtain master's degree in economics from the University of Ljubljana and is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation.




Dr. Miroslav Prokopijević (University of Beograd, Serbia)
Prokopijević was a faculty member in 2009.

Miroslav Prokopijević is a senior research fellow and chief-director of EU-related projects at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Belgrade. He has lectured in numerous countries in Europe and North America. Among others, Prokopijević teaches various public choice courses at the Belgrade Open School, the Alternative Academic Educational Network and at the University of Montenegro. His main areas of interest are Public Choice Theory and Moral & Political Philosophy. Prokopijevic is the author of both European Union and European Monetary Union. Prokopijević undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. He earned his PhD from Zagreb University with his thesis entitled Understanding and Rationality.



Dr. Lawrence W. Reed (Foundation for Economic Education, USA)
Reed was a faculty member in 2012.

Lawrence W. (Larry) Reed is the president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Earlier, Reed was for first two decades President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, before becoming president emeritus of the Center. Under his leadership, the Mackinac Center emerged as the largest and one of the most effective and prolific of over 40 state-based free market think tanks in the United States. Further, Reed served a term as president and 15 years as a member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network. Reed is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, chairman of the board of the Prometheus Institute, a member of the board of Just Facts, and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. In the past twenty years, he has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad, as well as five books. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. Reeds most recent book is Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. Since 1978, he has delivered more than 1,000 speeches. Reed holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. Central Michigan University (CMU) conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration. In 1998, Grove City College (his undergraduate alma mater) bestowed upon him its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2009, Reed was given a second honorary doctorate (in Laws) by Northwood University, US.


Dr. Mateja Rek (Faculty of Media, Slovenia)
Rek was a faculty member in 2011.

Mateja Rek is a dean of the Faculty of Media in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In addition, Rek is an assistant professor of sociology and communication studies at School of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Earlier, Rek was a manager at the Open Society Education Programs - South East Europe (2000-2004) and a young researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004-2008). Her main research areas are culture as a factor in economic development, the concept of knowledge transfers and cognitive mobilisation in the context of various organizational structures and cultures, with the current emphasis on the impact of cognitive mobilisation on the development of transnational civil society organizations at the EU level. Rek received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2008.



Borislav Ristić (Katalaksija, Serbia)
Ristić was a faculty member in 2009.

Borislav Ristić is a philosopher and political theorist from Serbia. His main research topics include classical liberalism, Kantian political philosophy and psychoanalysis. Ristić is one of the leading members of the new generation of Serbian libertarians, devoted to spreading classical liberal ideas in this country as well as to critique of totalitarian and collectivist and national-socialist elements of Serbian political heritage. He is one of the founders of Katalaksija, the first libertarian magazine in Serbia.





Dr. Ljubo Sirc (Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies, UK)
Sirc has been a faculty member since 2008.

Trained in both economics and law, Ljubo Sirc was able to unite the perspective of a scholar with personal experience to observe firsthand the dangers of communist regimes. Born in Kranj, Slovenia, he participated in the Resistance and served in the Yugoslav Army between 1941 and 1945. In 1947, due to his political opposition and friendship with Western diplomats, he was sentenced to death. His sentence was ultimately commuted to twenty years in prison, of which he served seven, much of it in solitary confinement. In his various teaching posts since then, including twenty years at the University of Glasgow, Sirc has been a leading expert on socialist economics and communist regimes. Since 1983, he has served as Director of the Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies (CRCE) in London. He is the author of numerous books and articles in a variety of languages. His autobiography, Between Hitler and Tito, was published in 1989.


Benjamin Stafford (Foundation for Economic Education, USA)
Stafford was a faculty member in 2010.

Benjamin Stafford is the director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education, a free market educational institute with offices in New York and Atlanta. Stafford first joined FEE in 2008 as a research assistant. In 2010 he graduated from the Koch Associate Program, a management training program in DC. Originally from Michigan, he received his undergraduate degree in economics from Hillsdale College. As a Koch Summer Fellow, he was a research intern at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Stafford is an alumnus of the Liberty Seminars, attending the first Liberty Camp in 2008. Stafford is a program manager of the Liberty Seminars 2010.




Dr. Krassen Stanchev (Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria)
Stanchev was a faculty member in 2010.

Krassen Stanchev is currently Senior Consultant and Central Asia Regional Advisor for Pragma Corp. He is also Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Market Economics (IME), Bulgaria's first independent and free market think thank; former member and committee chair of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991); one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers; best country analyst award recipient for 1996 by Euromoney; and a nominee for Bulgaria's Mr. Ekonomika 2004. Stanchev was a principle drafter of a number of reforms from central planning to market economy and is one of the leaders of those reforms. His expertise is in economic and regulatory policies conducive to private sector growth: cost-benefit analysis of regulations (and related public governance areas), business environment and administrative barriers, competitiveness, law making (environment policy, mortgage bonds, special purpose investment vehicles, business registration, limiting licensing and permits, private bailiffs, and other bills) and think tank management. Stanchev leads, led or was involved in projects and services related to market oriented and democratic reforms in other countries, Balkans and Former Soviet Union.


Ružica Šimić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Šimić was a faculty member in 2010.

Ružica Šimić is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Economic Policy at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia. In the spring of 2010 she was a fellow at the Department of Economics at the George Washington University in Washington, DC as a part of the Junior Faculty Development Program. Before joining the academic community, Šimić was an advisor at the Croatian National Competitiveness Council and had worked in the private sector as well. Both her educational and professional background inspired her to focus her research on the institutional change in transition economies of Southeast Europe. Šimić is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a Chevening scholar she received her MA in Public Policy from King’s College London. Šimić received her BA from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb.


Tanja tumberger Porčnik (Svetilnik, Slovenia and Cato Institute, USA)
tumberger Porčnik has been a faculty member since 2008.

Tanja tumberger Porčnik is a senior fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA and President of Svetilnik, a Slovenian think tank. tumberger Porčnik serves on both Globalization Institute scientific board (Poland) and The Fund for American Studies alumni council (USA). In 2012 she was a teaching fellow at Georgetown University summer program in Prague, Czech Republic. From January 2006 to December 2011, tumberger Porčnik was both research associate and manager of external relations at the Cato Institute, USA, the leading libertarian think tank in the world. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of Free Society Institute, Slovenia. tumberger Porčnik has authored numerous articles and studies, among them she co-authored the Human Freedom Index, the first global index measuring human freedom consistent with a classical liberal approach. As an undergraduate, tumberger Porčnik studied Applied Economics at both University of Maribor, Slovenia, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She did her graduate studies in American Political Thought at both the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Georgetown University, USA.


Dr. Janez ušterši (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
Šušteršič was a faculty member in 2009 and will be in 2014.

Janez Šušteršič was a Minister of Finance, Slovenia between 2012 and 2013. For many years he has held positions in the academia, such as associate professor of economics at Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, a professor at the private Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica, and a professor at the International School for Social and Business Studies in Celje. From 2001 to 2007, he was director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD). Šušteršič also vice-chaired the government's Reforms Committee and served as the national Lisbon Strategy coordinator. From 2005 to 2007 he was vice-chairman of the Economic Policy Committee to the ECOFIN. Šušteršič was one of the initiators of the international Institutions in Transition conference and one of the founding members of the Slovenian Macro-Economic Forum (SMF). Šušteršič co-authored articles published in Public Choice, Post-Communist Economies and Acta Oeconomica. Šušteršič obtained a doctorate in the political economy of transition from the University of Ljubljana.


Dr. Ivica Urban (Institute of Public Finance, Croatia)
Urban was a faculty member in 2010.

Ivica Urban is a researcher at the Institute of Public Finance in Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests are in the fields of fiscal incidence and income distribution. In his spare time, Urban has translated into Croatian both Mises’ Bureaucracy and Rothbard’s Power and Market. Urban obtained his M.A. from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb (2006) and Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana (2010).





Dr. Urban Vehovar (University of Primorska, Slovenia)
Vehovar was a faculty member in 2011.

Urban Vehovar is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, Slovenia. Vehovar is also an associate professor at the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. For almost a decade Vehovar has been an adviser to the Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption. His topics of research are corruption, democracy and economic development. He is a regular guest in the Slovenian media. Vehovar is a member of the Društvo Svetilnik, a non-governmental and non-profit organization of classical liberal thinkers in Slovenia. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana in 2000.




Dr. Milica Vukotić (University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro)
Vukotić was a faculty member in 2011.

Milica Vukotić is an assistant professor and dean of the Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies at University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro. Prior to joining University of Donja Gorica, Vukotić was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Montenegro (2001-2007). She also taught Microeconomics as a preparatory course for taking CFA exam, organized by G-17 Institute and USAID (Belgrade, December 2003). Vukotic is a member of the Mont Pèlerin Society and a member of the Council of the Montenegrin Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services. She received her master degree in Economics and Finance from the Brandeis University, USA in 2003 and her PhD in Economics at the University of Montenegro in 2009.



Dr. Katarina Zajc (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Svetilnik, Slovenia)
Zajc was a faculty member between 2010-2012.

Katarina Zajc is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana. At the faculty, she is a member of the Chair of Law and Economics. In 2009-10 Zajc was a visiting professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Further, in 2009 Zajc started a six year member term of the Judicial Council of Slovenia. Earlier in her career, she was among other an arbiter at the Permanent Arbitrage at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, a lecturer at the Police Academy in Slovenia, a research and teaching assistant at George Mason University, USA and a researcher at the Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies, Austria. She earned her Ph.D. from George Mason University, USA: where she received a Snavely Award for being the best Ph.D. student in Economics. Zajc also received an LL.M. from Yale Law School, USA and a bachelor degree in law from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Matija Žepič (Društvo Svetilnik, Slovenia)
Žepič was a faculty member in 2010.

Matija Žepič is an analyst at a bank in Slovenia. He was a member of Društvo Svetilnik from 2009 to 2011. Žepič specializes in banking and finance. He has extensive experience evaluating the impacts of legislative and regulatory proposals on financial markets. Žepič has written numerous articles in monetary theory, banking and Austrian business cycle theory. He received his MA degree in economics from the University of Ljubljana in 2011.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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