Nick Cohen is a 2nd year PhD student in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His primary field of research is 20th century United States political economy, with a particular interest in culture, crisis, and finance. His most recent research project examined the political and business discourse surrounding commercial banking in the United States before, during, and after the emergence of the “LDC Debt Crisis” in 1982. He holds a BA in history and economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

Jay D. Dhar is a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of Arizona, with research interests in experimental economics and economic history, especially as they relate to transportation, environmental, and trade/integration issues. His current experimental research focuses on examining the reasoning of citizens and economic agents as they consider agreements to fully integrate capital, labor, and trade flows between a developed country and a developing country (as has occurred in the European Union), and his current empirical research focuses on the impact of last-mile all-weather road access on the diffusion and adoption of automobiles and motortrucks on American farms in the 20th century.  

Ani Ghosh is a first-year doctoral student in the Economics program at Johns Hopkins University. His previous academic training has been at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where as an Inlaks scholar he graduated with an MSc. degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. At Hopkins, he has been involved in specific inquiries in the historical underpinnings of economics literature, especially the work of John Rawls and Gerard Debreu and their possible linkages. He believes that these queries will not only help the profession get a more informed appreciation of Rawls’ ideas, but will also foster deeper understanding of Gerard Debreu’s corpus and its evolution. ​While building on these two projects, he is keen on having intellectual history as a major part of his research agenda. He is excited to be a part of the 2019 SI Institute and he looks forward to meet an amazing group of scholars!

Laurie Hakes is a PhD student in economics at Boston University. Her primary fields of interest are development economics and political economy, with an emphasis on climate and energy topics. Her current research focuses on the process of rural electrification, its impact on quality of life, and barriers to grid expansion in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to pursuing a PhD in economics, Laurie earned a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kepler Illich is a PhD student in Economics at the University of California, Davis. His industry experience lies in the healthcare and technology sectors. While he is just beginning his economics research career, he is pursuing research related to the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and upcoming changes in the economy including regulatory changes in U.S. healthcare and advances in machine learning. He is also interested in the interplay between changing economic thought and advances in economic growth.

Andreas Kramer is a 2018-19 HOPE Center fellow. He is researching the economic thought of Vienna around 1900. For more on Andreas, please see his HOPE Center profile.

John Kroencke is a PhD student at George Mason University where he is a Hayek Fellow with the Mercatus Center. Prior to graduate school, he earned a BA in Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. In this past year, he has taught two sections of development economics in which he sought to integrate the history of the field into lectures. His research focuses on issues in historic and contemporary land use regulation and the history of economics. In his free time, John enjoys travelling and hiking.  

Thomas Krumel is a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. He utilizes program evaluation techniques to better understand microeconometric topics ranging from residential segregation in rural communities to peer effects in higher education. Thomas is also a Visiting Adjunct Professor at American International College where he teaches both undergraduate and MBA courses.   

Pavel Kuchař teaches History of Economic Thought at the University of Bristol. He worked previously at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China). Pavel’s research interests are focused on economics of institutions, entrepreneurship and history of economics; his work has been published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Econ Journal Watch, and others. Currently Pavel and his co-author work on an edited volume for the Cambridge University Press series on Knowledge Commons.

Ivan Larsen is a 3rd year Economics PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his BS in mathematics and economics from the University of Miami. He is interested in industrial organization, applied econometrics, and public finance. He is working on topics such as collusion beyond price outcomes and the role of vertical relationships on shaping the equilibrium in a new market. At the Institute, he hopes to gain a fuller picture of the history of economic thought to broaden his horizons and better understand how the field evolved.

Andrew Lynn recently earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Virginia and now works as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His dissertation, which explored the historical formation of economic ideas among American Evangelical Protestantism, is currently under contract with Oxford University Press. His current research seeks to better illuminate the linkage between the history of economic ideas and contemporary ethical understandings of managerial capitalism. While interested in broad political and social questions of moral agency exercised within institutional settings, Andrew's approach seeks to foreground the cultural, historical, and intellectual factors that bear impact on how actors navigate everyday practices and decision-making. He has also published work related to organizational theory, political economy, and the social ecology of urban environments.

Mark McAdam is a Ph.D. candidate in International Political Economy at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany). His research focuses on the role ideas play in effecting public policy outcomes generally, with a specific emphasis on the formulation of trade policy in the John F. Kennedy administration. He is particularly interested in the history of economic thought because he believes that other social sciences can utilize its insights for their own methodologies. When not researching in archives or writing, he enjoys (European) football, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Brandon McCoy is a visiting instructor at Skidmore College and doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. His current research interests reside at the intersection of employment policy, labor market outcomes, and history of economics. Recognizing the importance analyzing complex social issues through multiple lenses, Brandon’s research and teaching emphasizes the importance of a pluralistic approach that remains historically informed. In pursuing leisure, Brandon considers himself a motorcycle enthusiast, avid outdoorsman, and amateur mechanic.


Megan McCoy is a rising second year student in the economics doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the current president of the Graduate Women in Economics association at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Megan’s research interests vary from gender differences in labor market outcomes to the economic consequences of emerging innovative firms on oligopolistic industries. From the Duke HOPE Center Summer Institute, Megan hopes to gain a mastery of the core material taught in a History of Economic Thought course in order to guide other students through this history.

Jiri Nohejl is the Chief Economist at classical liberal free-market think-tank Liberalni Institut (Prague, Czech Republic) founded in 1989. He received master’s degree in Finance and Banking and master’s degree in Applied Informatics from University of Economics Prague where he also lectured graduate seminars of “Law and Economics”. In 2014 he was visiting scholar at George Mason University’s Department of Economics. His academic interests are in Political Economy, Complexity Economics, Monetary Economics and Austrian School of Economics with main focus on interdisciplinary dovetailing between economics and informatics where he perceives work of F. A. Hayek and modern development of AI as a progressive research program in the tradition of emergent order scholarship.

Rok Novak is a Ph.D. student in economics and a research assistant at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. His research falls in the realms of comparative institutional analysis and entangled political economy, with a particular interest in the role which culture and assigned meanings play in people’s plans and choices. He holds and MA in philosophy, politics, and economics (including a specialization in the Austrian school of economics) from Cevro Institute, Prague. Alongside his studies, Rok has been a policy analyst and reform proponent in his roles as a regular columnist for the Slovenian central business daily Časnik Finance and as program director of Institute Libertas, a free market think tank in Slovenia.

Nicholas O'Neill is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago. His dissertation examines the unique French path to industrialization through the lens of its porcelain industry in the eighteenth century, focusing on state policies and business strategies for success in an industry rooted in the reputation for taste. His research interests include comparative capitalisms, early modern Europe, and the history of economic thought, with particular emphases on mercantilism and theories of demand. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Tillman Foundation, and the École Normale Supérieure, among others.

Kunal Parker is a Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law.  He has a PhD in History from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard University.  He is the author of Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America (2015) and Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1780 - 1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism (2011).  His teaching areas include American Legal History, Property, Estates and Trusts, Constitutional Law, and Immigration and Nationality Law.

Zachary Rodriguez is a 2nd year PhD student in economics at West Virginia University. He has earned a MA in Theology from Boston University and a MBA from St. Bonaventure University. His research focus is development economics, and specifically the spillover effects of development interventions on cooperation and social norms. Zach is the founder of Embrace It Africa (EIA), a nonprofit organization working to encourage sustainable community growth in southern Uganda. EIA enacts its mission through economic development, public health, access to education initiatives.

Sam Schmitt is a PhD student in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sam studies political theory, focusing on questions of citizenship, religion, and civil society. In addition to studying political science, Sam holds a MA in philosophy from Bowling Green State University where he focused on moral and political philosophy. The discipline of political theory is shot through with excellent research on the history of political thought; Sam takes this interest seriously alongside the history of economic thought taught at HoPE's summer Institute. Outside of his academic interests Sam is an avid listener of funk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music, enthusiastic if inadequate jogger, and a fortunate friend and husband.

J. R. Scott is a PhD student studying financial economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span the fields of empirical asset pricing, macro-finance, and financial intermediation. He received his B.S. in economics and mathematics at the University of Southern California.

Sarah Small is a PhD candidate in economics at Colorado State University and a Feminist Economics Fellow. She is also an instructor at Colorado State University and has taught courses in introductory micro and macro economics a well as courses on gender and the economy. Sarah’s primary research interests include feminist economics, history of economic thought, political economy, and public economics. Sarah holds an MA in economics from Colorado State University and a BA in economics from Assumption College. At the Summer Institute, Sarah hopes to learn more about incorporating economic history into introductory economics courses and to discuss the texts with fellow participants. 


Tracy Stobbe is an associate professor at Trinity Western University (in British Columbia, Canada).  She earned her PhD in economics from the University of Victoria (Canada) and her masters degree in public policy from the University of California Berkeley.  When not teaching statistics and principles-level economics courses to business students, she is keen to teach the history of economic thought.  She is attending the summer institute to more deeply investigate several topics and to share ideas about teaching in this area.   In her free time, she enjoys classical music (and plays the viola), reading, learning German, and going for walks. 

Justin Tosi is an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University. He taught previously at Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. He specializes in social, political, moral, and legal philosophy, and writes mainly about state legitimacy, special obligations, and social morality. His work has appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and other venues. His first book, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk (co-authored with Brandon Warmke), is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Roel Visser is a 2019 HOPE Center fellow. He is a PhD student at the University of Bielefeld.
Yue Xiao is a 2018-19 HOPE Center fellow researching the connection between John Stuart Mill and China. For more on Yue, please see her HOPE Center profile.