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"The Culture of (Dis)Contentment", delivered Friday, January 5, 2019 at the Veblen-Commons Luncheon, during the AFEE at ASSA sessions. Look for it in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Issues!


Janet T. Knoedler first discovered institutional economics while working with John Munkirs in Illinois and she has not wavered from that path since that time.  She subsequently had the unique privilege of studying with three excellent mentors -- Anne Mayhew, Terry Neale, and Hans Jensen at the University of Tennessee.  Writing under Anne’s tutelage, she completed her Ph.D. in 1991 and began her teaching career at Bucknell University in 1992, where she is currently Professor of Economics.  Jan teaches a first year seminar in the University’s living/learning program, as well as economics courses on intermediate political economy, industrial organization, and American economic history.  While at Bucknell, Jan has undertaken several part-time administrative duties, including Department Chair, Co-Director for the Residential College Program, Co-Director for the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as participating actively in the University’s governance system.  Among her publications are three co-authored or co-edited books, Thorstein Veblen and the Revival of Free Market Capitalism, with Dell Champlin and Bob Prasch; The Institutionalist Approach to Labor Economics, with Dell Champlin; and Introduction to Political Economy, with Geoff Schneider; along with many articles, including publications in Journal of Economic Issues, Business History Review, History of Political Economy, Economic and Business History Review, and Review of Radical Political Economy.  She has served AFEE in a number of capacities, as President-Elect, President, President Pro Tem, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and on several AFEE committees.  She remains passionate about the continuing relevance of institutional economics in this 21st century.  In her free time, she enjoys knitting and other creative pastimes, while worrying about the future of the planet and what is becoming of democratic politics.