Victor Claar, Ph.D.
BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise, Florida Gulf Coast University
Affiliate Scholar of Economics, Acton Institute
Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., holds the BB&T Distinguished Professorship in Free Enterprise at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.
Professor Claar is also an affiliate scholar of the Acton Institute, as well as a member of the Foundation for Economic Education’s Faculty Network. He is a Fulbright Scholar, having spent a year teaching economics to graduate students in the former-Soviet republic of Armenia.
Professor Claar has a long, impressive record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices, now in its tenth printing and recently translated into Chinese. His forthcoming book with coauthor Greg Forster, The Keynesian Revolution and the Rise of Economic Materialism: We’re All Dead, is under contract to be published in early 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.
While you may have heard that economics was once dubbed the “dismal science,” Professor Claar’s work demonstrates that this field is quite the opposite, especially when it does what Professor Claar does: combine sobering analysis and Christian principles to offer a vision of hope. Professor Claar is also the author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, an incisive, thoughtful work that challenges us all to rethink how we buy what we need and want.
John D. Wilsey, Ph.D.
Professor of History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Affiliate Scholar of Theology and History, Acton Institute
Dr. Wilsey is the associate professor of history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and will serve as a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University for the 2017-18 academic year. He also serves as affiliate scholar in theology and history for the Acton Institute. Dr. Wilsey’s research area is in American church history, specifically the history of American religious nationalism and Christianity and public life. He is the author of two books and editor of a recently released abridgment of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. He is presently writing a religious biography of John Foster Dulles for Eerdmans' Library of Religious Biography.