APEE Officers


Nicolás Cachanosky
Metropolitan State
University of Denver
Denver, CO

Nicolás Cachanosky, President

Nicolás Cachanosky is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Senior Fellow of the American Institute for Economic Research and Visiting Professor of Universidad del CEMA in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also serves as co-editor of the journal LIBERTAS: Segunda Época. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Suffolk University.

Prof. Cachanosky is author of Monetary Equilibrium and Nominal Income Targeting, and co-author of Austrian Capital Theory: A Modern Survey and Capital and Finance: Theory and History. His research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, Constitutional Political Economy, Journal of the History of Economic Thought and Review of Financial Economics, among other outlets.


Claudia Williamson
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Probasco Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise
Chattanooga, TN

Claudia Williamson, Vice President

Claudia Williamson is The Scott L. Probasco Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Center of Economic Education at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also serves as an editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University and previously served as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of applied economic development and political economy. A common thread of her work is the combination of incentive and knowledge arguments revealing interesting and, at times, unconventional results.

Prof. Williamson’s research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Law and Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Institutional Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, Defense and Peace Economics, and the Southern Economic Journal. Her research has also appeared in popular press outlets such as The Economist and the BBC. She has also co-edited two books, contributed multiple chapters to edited books, and written book reviews and policy briefs.


James Otteson
University of Notre Dame
Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN

James Otteson, Past President

James Otteson is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics in the Mendoza College of Business at University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and eighteenth-century moral philosophy. He has taught previously at Wake Forest University, New York University, Yeshiva University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama.

Prof. Otteson’s books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014), The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018), and Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (Oxford, 2019). He has three books forthcoming: Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, forthcoming in 2021); The Essential David Hume (Fraser Institute, forthcoming in 2021); and The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, forthcoming in 2022).


Benjamin Powell
Texas Tech University
Free Market Institute
Lubbock, TX

Benjamin Powell, Secretary/Treasurer

Benjamin Powell is the executive director of the Free Market Institute and a professor of economics in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. He is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. He previously taught economics at Suffolk University and San Jose State University after earning his Ph.D. at George Mason University.

Prof. Powell is the author of Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2014), coauthor of Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World (Regnery Publishing, 2019) and Wreteched Refuse: The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2020), as well as editor or co-editor of 5 other books. He is author of more than 75 scholarly journal articles and policy studies. His research has been reported in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and numerous other outlets. He has also published widely in the popular press and appeared on most major TV news networks.


Edward Stringham
Trinity College
Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation
Hartford, CT

Edward Stringham, Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise

Edward Stringham is K.W. Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College and President of American Institute for Economic Research. He is former president of The Association of Private Enterprise Education®, current Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of two dozen articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Institutional & Theoretical Economics, Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, and Journal of Labor Research. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Prof. Stringham’s research has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Headline News, NPR, and MTV and in hundreds of newspapers worldwide including 14 of the 20 highest circulating newspapers in the United States and the highest circulating English language newspaper in the world.


J.R. Clark
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Probasco Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise Emeritus
Chattanooga, TN

J.R. Clark, Distinguished Fellow and
Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus

J.R. Clark is Distinguished Fellow and Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus of The Association of Private Enterprise Education. He recently retired from his position as The Scott L. Probasco Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Southern Economic Association, Treasurer of The Mont Pelerin Society, and President of The Association of Private Enterprise Education.

Prof. Clark earned a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University under the direction of Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. He is the author of six books and numerous academic articles, has served on the Joint Council on Economic Education in New York, held the Hendrix Chair at University of Tennessee Martin, and was a research fellow at Princeton University.


Gerald Gunderson
Trinity College
Shelby Cullom Davis Professor (Retired)
Hartford, CT

Gerald Gunderson, Distinguished Fellow

Gerald Gunderson is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, positions he assumed in 1982. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, 1967, with a thesis in economic history supervised by Douglass North, Nobel Laureate. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College and North Carolina State University.

Prof. Gunderson has published numerous academic papers, including studies of the cause of the American Civil War, The Demise of the Roman Empire, and models of entrepreneurship. He also has authored columns in more than twenty newspapers in the U.S., including the Wall Street Journal. He has worked with national professional associations concerning entrepreneurship, economic and business history, private enterprise systems, economic education, and public policies. He has served as President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise.