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Welcome to our new PERI affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Bryan Caplan

We are excited to welcome Dr. Bryan Caplan as our new affiliated scholar for the 2021-22 academic year! Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, a New York Times bestselling author, and a blogger at EconLog. As a PERI affiliated faculty member at the Jones College of Business, he will deliver several public lectures, participate in faculty seminars, and mentor graduate students. To learn more about his work as a top public choice economist, visit www.bcaplan.com.


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First PERI Fellow Emilia Suggs graduates from MTSU with Ph.D. in Economics

PERI/MTSU alum Dr. Emilia J. Suggs is the recipient of the 2021 James M. Buchanan Dissertation Award. The award for the best dissertation in political economy was presented by PERI Director Daniel Smith to recognize Emilia’s scholarly research on “Preference Identification and Political Participation in Alternative Voting Systems.” She will be joining King University this fall as an assistant professor in the School of Business, Technology, and Economics.


Mission of the PERI

Established in late 2016, the Political Economy Research Institute is a joint venture between the Jennings A. Jones College of Business and the University Honors College, established with initial seed money from the Charles Koch Foundation.

The mission of the institute is to engage undergraduate and graduate students with faculty in research that will further the understanding of business and economic principles, as well as their impact on regional, national, and international financial conditions and the well-being of society. To advance its mission, the PERI will engage in research and educational programs which uncover the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being.

Click here to view the 2019-20 Annual Report to learn more about the PERI's student-centric mission at MTSU.

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