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2019 President-Elect and Board of Director Elections

November 10, 2018

Dear AFEE Members,

Voting for AFEE officers and directors is now open!  Please review the attached biographies of our excellent candidates. Then, when you’re ready to vote, you may cast your ballot online by following the links on our website, or, print the ballot below and mail it to the AFEE office at Catawba College.  Just be sure the ballot is completed online or postmarked by November 30th.  More detailed instructions are below. 

In addition, we’d like to encourage you to attend as many AFEE Annual Meeting sessions as possible this January 4-6, 2019, in Atlanta.  ASSA reports that it plans to cut session allocations in the coming years for associations that have a median attendance below 13 people per session (excluding program participants).  Currently, ASSA reports that our median attendance is only slightly above that threshold.  So please attend AFEE sessions—and bring friends. The future session you save may be your own.

Finally, all AFEE members are welcome to attend the association’s annual Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for January 3rd (Hilton Atlanta, Room 203), beginning at 5:30 pm.

With thanks,

Eric Hake, Secretary-Treasurer
Charles Whalen, AFEE President


Candidate Biographies

Rojhat B Avsar is Associate Professor of Economics at Columbia College, Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2010. Rojhat has published with various peer-reviewed journals from the Journal of Economic Issues to the Review of Social Economy. He has also been serving as a referee for many heterodox economics journals. In his scholarship, he approached to current policy debates from institutionalist perspectives. He is currently working on a book project (under contract with Routledge) that investigates the market-friendliness of human nature: The Evolutionary Origins of Markets: How Evolution, Psychology and Biology Have Shaped the Economy (forthcoming). Rojhat is currently serving as the president of AFIT and as the executive director of the ASE. He is eager to join the board of AFEE and serve the organization in various roles.

Ann E. Davis is Associate Professor of Economics at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and served as chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Finance.  She earned her B.A. in American Studies at Barnard College in New York City, M.A. in Economics at Northeastern University in Boston, and Ph.D. in Economics at Boston College.  She teaches international economics, environmental economics, and the economics of gender, as well as theory courses.  She was the founding Director of the Marist College Bureau of Economics Research, 1990 -2005, where she published quarterly reports of the Hudson Valley economy and economic impact studies.  She has also published in a range of academic journals on economic history and methodology, such as the Journal of Economic Issues, Science and Society, the Review for Radical Political Economics, and the Cambridge Journal of Economics, as well as numerous book chapters.  She has served three terms as an elected board member of the Eastern Economic Association, two terms as an elected member of the Steering Committee for the Union for Radical Political Economics, and is active in other professional associations as well.  She served as Director of the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute “Meanings of Property,” in June, 2014, with visiting leading scholars John Searle, Alan Ryan, and Mary Poovey.  Her recent books include The Evolution of the Property Relation: Understanding Paradigms, Debates, and Prospects, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, and Money as a Social Institution: The Institutional Development of Capitalism, Routledge, 2017.  She is currently under contract to write The End of the Individualism and the Economy: The Emergence of Paradigms of Connection and Community, with Routledge, for 2019.

Christopher Brown  did his graduate work at the University of Tennessee. He previously taught at the University of the South (Sewanee), and currently serves as Professor of Economics at Arkansas State University.  He is past-President of the Association of Institutional Thought (AFIT). He served as Editor of the Journal of Economic Issues 2012-2018. He is the author of two books, and his work has been published in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, the Journal of Institutional Economics, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Review of Political Economy, Physics of Life Reviews, the China Economic Journal, and other outlets.

Wilfred Dolfsma (1970), is a long-time AFEE member, trained as an institutional economist and philosopher, and is a full professor at Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands) – well known for high quality research and teaching.  His research and teaching focuses on (1) how institutions impact firm behavior and outcomes for firms, and (2) how individuals within firms and firms between themselves collaborate to innovate. He authored and edited over 25 books and special journal issues including Government Failure (EE 2013; translated into Russian), Interdisciplinary Economics (ed., Routledge 2013), Institutions, Communication and Values (Palgrave 2009), Institutional Economics and the Formation of Preferences (EE 2004; Gunnar Myrdal Prize) and special issues of Research Policy (ed., 2008), Journal of Product Innovation Management (ed., 2016), and the Review of Social Economy (ed., 2004, as well as 2013, 2016, 2017), as well as over 100 scientific articles and chapters. He was editor-in-chief of the Review of Social Economy for 12 years, and also on the EAEPE scientific council for a number of years. Recently, before he moved to Wageningen, he was Associate Dean (Teaching) at Loughborough University.  He is an active contributor of Op-Ed pieces and a commentator in newspapers, on radio and television on economics topics broadly in different countries. He is an occasional poet.

Daphne Greenwood is Professor of Economics and Director of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs where she teaches Ecological Economics, Labor Economics and the Economics of Sustainability. Her work on wealth inequality, labor issues and sustainable development has been published in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Review of Income and Wealth, Public Finance Quarterly, the Journal of Population Economics and numerous scholarly books. Daphne has been a Visiting Scholar at the U S Treasury Department and the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a two term elected member of the Colorado House of Representatives.  She co-authored Local Economic Development in the 21st Century: Quality of Life and Sustainability and A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation with Richard P. F. Holt. She is currently bringing together institutionalist labor economics and ecological economics in Work and Pay in a Sustainable Economy: The New Provisioning.

David Zalewski is a Professor in the School of Business at Providence College, where he has taught courses in Economics, Finance, Public and Community Service, and has team-taught an interdisciplinary humanities seminar on globalization. He received a Faculty Excellence Award in 2016. He is a member of AFIT, ASE, and has been active on numerous committees for AFEE. These include AFEE Treasurer, Board of Directors member, Financial Advisory Committee (including Chair), Committee for Regional and International Conferences (including Chair), Publications Committee, Veblen-Commons Award Committee, Committee on Electronic Possibilities, and as a referee and Editorial Board member of the JEI. He also has organized AFEE-sponsored sessions at the WEAI annual meetings. His research interests are in institutional economics, political economy, economic history, and macroeconomic policy. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Economic Issues, The Journal of Economic History, Essays in Economic and Business History, Forum for Social Economics, Journal of Cultural Economy, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Review of Business, and The Journal of Catholic Social Thought.