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Candidate Biographies

Felipe Almeida

Felipe Almeida is an associate professor of economics at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Since his M.A. and Ph.D. years, he is dealing with theoretical contributions to OIE. Regarding theoretical issues, his main theoretical concern is the institutionalist approach to decision-making. In his studies, Felipe Almeida introduced possibilities to connect modern psychology to original institutionalists’ approach to decision-making. In recent years, he started to study the history of OIE. Considering the historical perspective, his main concern is the importance of Clarence Ayres for the development of OIE during mid-20th century. OIE is also an important part of Felipe Almeida teaching. He is a member of the Ph. D. in Economics at the Federal University of Paraná. In this course, he teaches subjects about OIE and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. Felipe Almeida main goal as a professor and in the Ph. D. course is keep OIE alive and important.


Rojhat Avsar

Rojhat Avsar received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2010. He has published with various heterodox journals including the JEI. In his scholarship, he approached to current policy debates from old institutionalist perspectives. For Rojhat, John R. Commons and T. Veblen serve as major inspiring intellectual figures. In his recent book, The Evolutionary Origins of Markets: How Evolution, Psychology and Biology Have Shaped the Economy, he integrated the growing body of experimental evidence on human nature scattered across a variety of disciplines from experimental economics to social neuroscience into a coherent and original narrative as to whether impersonal exchange relations are reflective of the basic human sociality that was originally adapted to a more tribal existence. At Columbia College Chicago, Rojhat was hired to develop the economics curriculum from the ground up at the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. He developed courses such as Ethics and Economics that are informed by the institutionalist and evolutionary literature.     Rojhat has been regularly presenting his work at AFEE at ASSA conferences. He served as the President of AFIT in 2018 and was serving as the Executive Director of ASE until recently. He is eager to join the AFEE board and help the association expand its outreach to younger scholars.


Alexandra Bernasek

Alexandra Bernasek received her undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She joined the Economics Department at CSU in 1992 and has been a Full Professor in the department since 2004.  She is a feminist economist who's work covers a range of topics, all with a focus on gender. She has written self-employment in the U.S., health insurance and employment transitions, household financial decision making, pension investments, risk aversion, the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, women's informal sector work in developing countries, and maternity leave in developing countries. Her work has been published in Economic Inquiry, The Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Social Economy, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Social Science Journal, among others.  Her most cited paper is "Are Women More Risk Averse" published with Dr. Nancy Jianakoplos. Alex is a frequent presenter on panels and public forums, speaking on topics such as the minimum wage, student loan debt, and gender pay equity.


Chris Brown

Chris 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.  He currently serves as AFEE’s President-Elect for 2019.


Wilfred Dolfsma

Trained as an economist and a philosopher, Wilfred Dolfsma (1970) holds a PhD in the former from Erasmus University. He is currently professor and chairholder in Business Management & Organisation at Wageningen University. His research is in institutional economics, drawing insights as well from social exchange theory (gift exchange) and social network analysis. He focuses research on how firms collaborate, and individuals within firms collaborate as well, to contribute to society in particular through innovation. He published over 20 monographs and edited volumes, including Innovation Networks (2015, with Rick Aalbers, Routledge), Government Failure (2013, EE), Companion to Social Economics (2008, ed. with John Davis, EE; 2nd edition 2015), Interdisciplinary Economics - Kenneth Boulding’s Engagement with the Sciences (2013 & 2015, ed. with Stefan Kesting, Routledge), and Institutional Economics and the Formation of Preferences (2004, EE; winner of the 2006 Myrdal prize). Articles are published in Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technovation, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Regional Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and of course the Journal of Economic Issues. For additional information, see www.wilfreddolfsma.net. Wilfred Dolfsma is the 2019 Ayres scholar.


Quentin Duroy

I am an associate professor and chair of the economics department at Denison University where I have been a faculty member since 2004. My undergraduate work in economics took place in France, while my graduate work in heterodox economics and cultural studies was completed in the US. I received a Ph.D. in ecological economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003. My interest in institutional economics in general, and the work of Veblen in particular, dates to my doctoral work in the late 1990s (and more specifically to a graduate seminar on evolutionary economics). My recent work has sought to examine the contested terrains of nationalism, neoliberalism, and climate change through a Veblenian lens. I have been serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Issues since 2016. As a member of the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) for well over 10 years I have benefited tremendously, both professionally and personally, from AFEE’s supportive community of scholars. I would be happy to give back to the association and its members by representing them on the Board of Directors.


Thomas Kemp

Dr. Thomas Kemp is Chair and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. His former employers include the Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi, UAE (2011-2012), The City of Eau Claire, WI (2007-2011), and Denver University (2001 – 2002). He currently teaches Applied Research Methods, International Trade and Finance, The History of Economic Thought, and First-Year Macroeconomics. His ongoing research interests include hedonic modeling, local economic development and transportation policy, and public policy design. He has authored dozens of policy reports related to the above topics; his academic work has been published in a variety of journals including The Appraisal Journal, Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Social Economy, and The Forum for Social Economics; and he is the author of the books, Progress and Reform: The Economic Thought of John R. Commons (2009) and Basic Macroeconomics (2016).  In his spare time, Dr. Kemp enjoys spending time with his family, wasting time and money riding and repairing old Lambretta and Vespa motor-scooters, and creating too much noise playing the guitar. 


John Watkins

John Watkins is a professor of economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also taught advanced macroeconomics at the masters level at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and the History of Economic Doctrines at the Ph.D. level at the University of Utah. 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 capitalism. He has won professor of the year numerous times. His purpose in teaching is to “raise the student’s level of confusion,” a goal towards which he continues to aspire with considerable success.  John served as President of the Association for Institutional Thought in 2014-2015, on the board of AFEE, and chaired the awards committee for AFEE. He has been a member of AFEE for more than 30 years. He is also a member of the Association or Social Economics and the Western Social Science Association. He has published numerous articles mostly in the Journal of Economic Issues   He has also written a book titled An Introduction to Economics as an Interpretive Science: Mainstream and Heterodox Views.