– Director, Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education
James D. Gwartney holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. His Ph.D. in economics is from the University of Washington. He is the coauthor of Economics: Private and Public Choice (Cengage/South-Western Press, 2015) , a widely used text on the principles of economics that is now in its 15th edition. He is also coauthor of an economics primer, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (St.Martin's Press, 2010). His publications have appeared in both professional journals and popular media such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He served as Chief Economist of the Joint Committee of the US Congress from 1999 to 2000. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Adam Smith Award of the Association of Private Enterprise Education for his contribution to the advancement of free-market ideals. He is a past president of the Southern Economic Association and the Association for Private Enterprise Education.