Support the Political Economy Research Institute

The Political Economy Research Institute is a donor-funded imitative providing research and educational resources to students at Middle Tennessee State University and to the broader Tennessee community. Your support can help advance the Political Economy Research Institute’s mission 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. If you’re interested in finding out more about supporting the PERI, please contact Dr. Daniel J. Smith.

Friends of the Political Economy Research Institute Society

Donors who support the Political Economy Research Institute annually in advancing our understanding of business and economic principles through high quality student programing, cutting edge research, and influential policy work are recognized through membership in the Friends of the Political Economy Research Institute Society. These donations provide the necessary student, program, and research support for achieving the Political Economy Research Institute’s mission.

Adam Smith Student Programming Initiative

All donations to the Adam Smith Student Programming Initiative go directly to support student programing, such as fellowships, awards, reading groups, guest lectures, and research support that advances our understanding of free markets, economic freedom, and personal liberty. Examples might include:

  • Providing copies of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, F. A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, or Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose to reading group participants
  • Bringing in prominent public speakers doing cutting edge research in political economy or public policy from a free-market perspective
  • Cosponsoring a debate with the Karl Marx Student Programming Initiative

Karl Marx Student Programming Initiative

All donations to the Karl Marx Student Programming Initiative go directly to support student programming, such as fellowships, awards, reading groups, guest lectures, and research support that advances our understanding of socialism, the positive role of government, and inclusive political and economic equality. Examples might include:

  • Providing copies of Karl Marx’s Capital, Joseph Stiglitz’s The Price of Inequality, or G. A. Cohen’s Why Not Socialism? to reading group participants
  • Bringing in prominent public speakers doing cutting edge research in political economy or public policy from a socialist democratic, socialist, or communitarian perspective
  • Cosponsoring a debate with the Adam Smith Student Programming Initiative

Special Gifts

The Political Economy Research Institute welcomes special gifts from donors. These gifts can be structured as annualized giving to support current programs and students or as an endowment to provide ongoing support for future programs and students. They can also be named to recognize the donor, in honor or remembrance of an individual, or to describe the initiative (e.g., the Alexis de Tocqueville Lecture Series). Special gifts may include:

  • A named fellowship for an undergraduate or graduate student
  • A named sponsorship for a public lecture or lecture series
  • Sponsorship of a named reading group, or a named chair for an affiliated faculty member

James M. Buchanan Society

Our James M. Buchanan Society distinction, awarded to any donor who give over $10,000 annually (as a special gift or for any of our initiatives), recognizes those donors providing the highest level of support. Members of the James M. Buchanan Society receive priority seating and recognition at all Political Economy Research Institute events, author-signed copies of books written by guest speakers at PERI events, and an invitation to an exclusive annual donor event with the PERI director, faculty, and student representatives. 

The Political Economy Research Institute does not accept gifts for directed research or teaching. Affiliated scholars are given complete academic freedom in both research and teaching.

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