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2017 President-Elect and Board of Director Elections

AFEE Elections are now open and will close November 30, 2016.

Please log in to your account at www.afee.net to register your vote. Alternatively, you may print off a pdf of the ballot from the website and mail to the AFEE office.

Please find attached the nominee’s bios as well as the original committee charge excerpted from the Presidential Letter and its appendix.

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AFEE Election Slate 2017

President:  Geoff Schneider
President-Elect:  Charles Whalen

Board of Directors (vote for two)

John Watkins
Anna Klimina
Valerie Kepner
Bruce Kaufman

International Member of Board of Director (vote for one)

Asimina Christoforou


President –

Geoff Schneider
Geoffrey Schneider is Professor of Economics at Bucknell University, where he has taught since 1995.  Professor Schneider received a BA in economics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has co-authored two books, Introduction to Political Economy and Economics: A Tool for Critically Understanding Society, and he is in the midst of writing a new book for Routledge entitled Economic Principles and Problems: A Pluralistic Introduction. He has authored or co-authored articles in the Journal of Economic Issues, The Review of Social Economy, The Review of Radical Political Economics, The Forum for Social Economics, and Feminist Economics.  His most recent research is on the theory of comparative institutional advantage and issues of democracy, governance and development in Africa.  He is also an award-winning teacher, the founding director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Bucknell University, the author of a number of articles on pedagogy, and the guest editor of special issues of the Forum for Social Economics and the Review of Keynesian Economics on Teaching Heterodox Economics. Professor Schneider has served on the board of directors and as the President-Elect (and program chair) of the Association For Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), and on numerous AFEE committees. He is currently a member of the URPE steering committee and is the Acting Executive Director of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE). He is a past president of the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT).


President Elect –

Charles Whalen
Over the past three decades, Charles Whalen has contributed to national economic policy discussions, equitable regional development, and business success based on employee involvement. Charles recently completed six years in the Macroeconomic Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where his reports and contributions to congressional testimony were recognized by the CBO Director’s Award, the agency’s highest honor. Before that, he held positions at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, the Levy Economics Institute (where he partnered with Hyman Minsky), Cornell University (which included initiatives with companies and unions), Zhongshan University (as a Fulbright professor), and most recently as professor of economics and director of business and economics programs at Utica College (then affiliated with Syracuse University). Charles also served as associate economics editor at BusinessWeek during the waning days of the dot-com boom, and was the first commentator to call for a tax rebate to stimulate the sluggish economy in early 2001.

One area of Charles’s research centers on fostering and sustaining U.S. economic prosperity. He was the first to flesh out Minsky’s theory of capitalist development and, in a series of articles, highlighted not only how it incorporates insight from Schumpeter and Keynes (and how it relates to the institutionalism of John R. Commons) but also how it sheds light on the nexus of money-manager capitalism, financial instability, income inequality, and worker insecurity. In addition, Charles brought clarity to the macroeconomic role of fiscal policy with articles on the size of the fiscal multiplier (2015), the erosion of automatic stabilizers (2002), the arguments surrounding biennial budgeting (1995), and the case against a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1995). He also convened and edited Financial Instability and Economic Security after the Great Recession (Elgar, 2011).

Another area involves facilitating regional development and enterprise success by means of stakeholder collaboration. Charles’s first article on this subject appeared in the Journal of Economic Issues in 1987; a decade later, he worked with representatives of labor and management as a participant observer; and more recently (2011) his institutional analysis of union engagement in regional initiatives won a competition sponsored by Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations. Charles also edited two books outlining new directions in the study of work and employment.

A third area explores the contours of a more pluralistic economics, with special attention to bridging institutionalism and post-Keynesianism and to highlighting the role of the state in the economy. For example, Charles explored these issues in Political Economy for the 21st Century (Sharpe, 1996). He also contributed the lead article to a symposium on institutional and Keynesian economics in the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies (2013).

Charles holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. from Cornell University. Since the 1980s, he has been active in both the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). In 2013, he received LERA’s Outstanding Practitioner Award for contributions to research and practice in the field of employment relations.


Board of Directors –

Bruce Kaufman
Bruce E. Kaufman is Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University (Atlanta USA). He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Work, Organization and Wellbeing at Griffith University (Brisbane AU) and, in addition, a Visiting Professor at Capital University of Economics and Finance (Beijing CH). Professor Kaufman received his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin under Jack Barbash, former AFEE president. He currently serves on the JEI editorial board.

Professor Kaufman’s main area of research covers cross-disciplinary dimensions of the employment relationship, including labor economics, human resource management, industrial relations, labor and employment law, history of economic thought, and business and labor history, with a particular emphasis on the institutional economics perspective. Professor Kaufman has written or edited eighteen books and over one hundred journal articles and chapters, including several papers in the Journal of Economic Issues. Examples of books are: The Global Evolution of Industrial Relations (2004), Managing the Human Factor: The Early Years of Human Resource Management in American Industry (2008), and Models of Labor Markets (forthcoming, 2017). Papers and chapters on institutional economics include “The Neoclassical and Institutional Schools in Labor Economics” in Champlin and Knoedler (eds.) The Institutionalist Tradition in Labor Economics (2004), “Institutional Economics and the Minimum Wage: Broadening the Theoretical and Policy Debate” (Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 2011), “An Institutional Economic Analysis of Labor Unions” (Industrial Relations, 2012), and “The Origins and Theoretical Foundation of Original Institutional Economics Reconsidered” (Journal of the History of Economic Thought, forthcoming 2017). Professor Kaufman was selected in 2009 as his university’s outstanding professor.

Valerie Kepner
Valerie K. Kepner is an associate professor of economics at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She earned her M.S. in economics from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University. Valerie teaches in the areas of public economics and money, banking, and financial institutions and actively works to integrate heterodox economic perspectives into all of her classes.  Additionally, she utilizes service-learning opportunities to aid her students in experiencing the real-world consequences of the application of mainstream economic theories and policies. She is a regular participant at AFIT conferences with her current research interests in the areas of the intersection of Catholic Social Teaching with economics and students’ “attitude addiction” to poverty, i.e., researching the how and why of persistent student attitudes and beliefs toward the financially poor even after being presented with evidence contrary to their initial attitudes and beliefs.  Additionally, Valerie serves on the Luzerne County Transportation Authority Board working to improve public bus service for those choosing or needing an alternative means of reliable transportation.  She also serves on the advisory board for Wilkes-Barre’s women’s homeless shelter.  Valerie would be honored to bring her experiences both as an educator and public servant to the work of AFEE.

Anna Klimina
Anna Klimina is Associate Professor in the Economics Department at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She earned her PhD in economics from the University of Manitoba (2004, Canada), her MA in Political Economy from Kiev State University (1987, USSR) and her PhD (candidate of sciences degree, a PhD equivalent) in History of Economic Thought from the Institute of Economics of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1992 (Ukraine).  Her primary research interests include economics of post-Soviet transition, seen through institutionalist and Post Keynesian perspectives, and history of Russian economic thought. Anna is an active member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, Association for Institutional Thought, and the History of Economics Society. Since 2008 Anna presented nine papers at AFEE Annual Meetings; all papers have been published in the Journal of Economic Issues.  In the past Anna served AFEE as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Issues (from 2011 to 2014), and as the Chair of the Nominating Committee (2013). As a long-time member of AFEE, Anna would be delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to serve AFEE on the Board of Directors.

John Watkins
John Watkins is a professor of economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began teaching at Westminster as an adjunct in 1981. He also taught Advanced Macroeconomics in the Masters of Business Economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand for many years, and the History of Economic Doctrines at the Ph.D. level at the University of Utah, where he also served on numerous dissertation committees. His research interests are primarily in applying the ideas of Thorstein Veblen, J.R. Commons, and Karl Polanyi to understand corporate power, particularly as it applies to the evolution of consumer credit. He is currently working on the Origins and Evolution of Consumer Capitalism since the durable goods revolution in the late 19th, early 20th centuries. He has won professor of the year four times, a recipient of the Bill and Vieve Gore Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Manford A. Shaw publication award. His purpose in teaching is to “raise the student’s level of confusion,” a goal towards which he continues to aspire with moderate success.

He served as President of the Association for Institutional Thought in 2014-2015. In addition, to AFIT and AFEE, he is also a member of the Association or Social Economists and the Western Social Science Association. He has published numerous articles including “Economic Waste and Social Provisioning: Veblen and Keynes on the Wealth Effect,” “Quantitative Easing as a Means of Reducing Unemployment: A New Version of Trickle-Down Economics,” “Banking Ethics and the Goldman Rule,”  "Corporate Power and the Evolution of Consumer Credit," among others. Soon to be published in the JEI is an article titled “Financialization and Society’s Protective Response: Reconsidering Polanyi’s Double Movement.”  He has also published a book titled An Introduction to Economics as an Interpretive Science: Mainstream and Heterodox View.


Information from AFEE Presidential Letter, 2016

Nominating Committee
Suggested nominees for President-Elect and for candidates to run for the Director seats to be vacated next year should be made to the Nominating Committee by May 1, 2016.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications along with relevant supporting documents such as a vita. Suggested nominees should be made aware of their responsibilities as President-Elects, Directors, and indicate their willingness to attend annual Board meetings prior to the committee forwarding its nominations to the Board.  Given that the terms for both our Secretary and Treasurer expire at the end of this year, the Nominating Committee will also be responsible for nominations for the Secretary and Treasurer positions, as noted below.


Barbara Hopkins, (chair)
Wright State University, Economics Department

Wolfram Elsner
University of Bremen, Business Studies & Economics

Bill Dugger
University of Tulsa, Economics Department

Daphne Greenwood
University of Colorado

Tim Wunder
University of Texas, Arlington


Committee Charge from Bylaws: Article XI, Section 7. The President of the Association shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five (5) members.  In appointing a Nominating Committee, the President shall bear in mind the desirability of appointing members diversified by geographical location, field of specialization, gender, and race/ethnicity.  The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to nominate persons for all elective offices including the office of Secretary-Treasurer.  The names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be made known to the membership in a timely manner.  The announcement of the composition of the committee shall be accompanied by a statement inviting suggestions from the membership for names of suitable candidates for office, and by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws.  Nominations for each elective office shall be submitted by the Nominating Committee to the Secretary-Treasurer.  The Board of Directors shall have authority to approve final nominations of the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee shall submit to the Board of Directors for approval one name for President-Elect; four names for the two positions to be filled annually on the Board; and the name or names for the one position of a member who is not a citizen of the United States, must reside outside the United States, and is to be filled every third year on the Board.  Members of the Nominating Committee may not be nominated by the same Committee.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall announce agreed-upon nominations no later than August 15 to the general membership.  The announcement shall be accompanied by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws.  Additional nominations may be made by any member of the Association for any office if supported by a petition signed by twenty-five (25) members of the Association and received by the Secretary-Treasurer on or before September 15.  On or before November 1, the Secretary-Treasurer shall mail to all members a ballot bearing the names agreed upon by the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors, as well as the names of those nominated by petition, all to be accompanied by brief biographical sketches of the nominees.  All votes returned by members of the Association shall be counted and tallied no later than December 1, on which date elections shall be deemed closed.