Dr. Richard Ebeling, Renowned Economist, Joins Northwood University Faculty

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Dr. Richard Ebeling has joined the economics faculty of Northwood University and will begin teaching in the fall term 2009.

MIDLAND, MI – Dr. Richard Ebeling has joined the economics faculty of Northwood University and will begin teaching in the fall term 2009. The announcement was made by Dr. Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University.

Dr. Pretty said, "We are pleased to announce Dr. Richard Ebeling, a strong leader and stellar academician, is joining the economics department at Northwood University. Dr. Ebeling is an expert in the strength and power of free-enterprise economics. Our students will greatly benefit from his instruction."

Prior to his recent appointment at Northwood University, Ebeling was the Shelby C. Davis Visiting Professor in American Economic History and Entrepreneurship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (2008-2009), and a senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (2008-2009). He served as the president of the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, in 2003-2008 and was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, in 1988-2003. Dr. Ebeling also taught economics at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas (1984-1988), and at the National University of Ireland at Cork (1981-1983).

He is the author of Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom (Edward Elgar, 2003). His most recent book, Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition, will be published by Routledge in December 2009. He is presently finishing an intellectual biography of Ludwig von Mises that will be published by Continuum Books in 2010.

The author of hundreds of articles, his writings have appeared in the Washington Times, the Boston Globe, Investor's Business Daily, Detroit News, National Review Online, Reason, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Political Studies, International Journal of World Peace, Advances in Austrian Economics, and numerous other publications. His articles received wide international recognition and have been published in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Dr. Ebeling appears frequently on radio talk shows around the United States, discussing government policy and the American economy. He is regularly interviewed by Radio Liberty on American and Russian political and economic affairs, which are then translated and broadcasted into Russia. Recently he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and on Fox Business News with Neil Cavuto.

In 1990-1991, Richard Ebeling frequently traveled to the former Soviet Union consulting with the government of Lithuania and with members of the Russian Parliament and the city of Moscow on free-market reform and privatization of the socialist economy. In January 1991 he witnessed firsthand the Soviet military crackdown in Vilnius, Lithuania, during which 13 people were killed. While in Moscow in August 1991 he joined the defenders of freedom and democracy at the barricades surrounding the Russian Parliament during the failed Soviet hard-line Communist coup attempt.

In October 1996, Richard Ebeling traveled to Moscow, Russia, once again, this time uncovering the "lost papers" of the famous Austrian economist and leading advocate of free enterprise, Ludwig von Mises. Looted by the Nazis from his Vienna apartment in 1938, Mises' papers were captured by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War. Dr. Ebeling was able to obtain photocopies of virtually the entire collection of documents numbering about 10,000 items, which had been kept in a formerly secret KGB archive in Moscow for 50 years.

He has been supervising the translation and editing of a large number of these papers for a three-volume Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises published by Liberty Fund of Indianapolis, with the last of the three volumes appearing in 2010.

Richard Ebeling received his Ph.D. in Economics from Middlesex University in London, England, his M.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, and his B.A. in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.

He received the "Franz Cuhel Award for Excellence in Free Market Education," presented by the Liberalni Institute at the annual Prague Conference on Political Economy (Prague, April 2007) and the "Liberty in Theory: Lifetime Award" for contributions advancing the case for classical liberalism, presented by Libertarian Alliance/Libertarian International (London, November 2005). He has also twice been a Hayek Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies.

Richard Ebeling and his wife, Anna, live in Midland, Michigan, with their chocolate Lab, "Ludwig von Mises IV.. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.


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