June 24, 2014

PhD Alumni Join The Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University

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PhD Fellowship alumni Dr. Edward Stringham and Dr. Adam Martin, as well as Visiting Dissertation Fellowship alum Dr. Kathleen Sheehan, have all accepted positions with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, starting in the fall. Dr. Stringham, Dr. Martin, and Dr. Sheehan are joining other Mercatus alumni at the Free Market Institute, including the institute’s Director Dr. Benjamin Powell and faculty affiliate Dr. Michael Giberson.

Dr. Stringham will be an Associate Professor of Economics in the Area of Energy, Economics and Law in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech. Dr. Martin will join Texas Tech as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. Both Dr. Stringham and Dr. Martin will be faculty affiliates of the Free Market Institute.

“I am honored and thrilled to be working with Benjamin Powell at the Free Market Institute,” Dr. Stringham said. “Powell is a terrific mentor to students and program builder and I am looking forward to joining forces with him.” Dr. Martin is also enthusiastic to be joining the Institute, and said that “Texas Tech is a university on the rise, and the Free Market Institute is well placed to make it a premier center for the study of economic freedom and prosperity.”

Dr. Sheehan has accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Free Market Institute. “I am very excited to be joining the Free Market Institute and Texas Tech,” said Dr. Sheehan. Her research over the course of the fellowship will examine the origins of economic freedom and what societal conditions promote greater economic freedom. She noted that “while we know that economic freedom is vital for prosperity, how it originates and how a country achieves it is less understood.”

The Free Market Institute’s mission is “to advance the teaching of and research directly related to the virtues of free markets.” The institute’s faculty fulfill this mission by promoting research initiatives on the dynamics and stability of markets, funding and educating graduate students, and engaging the general public through public lectures and media appearances.