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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 5, 2017— Nine outstanding educators from different parts of the country are being recognized with mini-grants to fund their research. 

The Acton Institute Mini-Grants on Free Market Economics program accepts proposals from faculty members at colleges, seminaries, and universities in the United States and Canada in order to promote the scholarship and teaching of market economics. This program allows for collaboration between faculty from different universities, as well as help future leaders to emerge, strengthen, and expand the existing network of scholars within economics. Entrants may submit proposals in two broad categories: course development and faculty scholarship. 

Here is the complete list of the 2017 winners and their specific projects:

Theology & Applied Economics: Research and Education Development into Curriculum for John Witherspoon College
Jamin Hubner, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, John Witherspoon College

RCC 470: Global Poverty: Can We End It?; Steps to End Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) Conference
Meme Kinoti, Associate Professor, Regis University

Foundations of Economic Liberty: Natural Law and Natural Rights in the Common Law Tradition
Allen Mendenhall, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University

Christian Virtue and Free Markets: European and American Perspectives
Timothy Mosteller, Professor, California Baptist University

Markets in the Christian Tradition
Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor, Jacksonville State University

The Lexicon of Liberty: The Political Words We Use and the Future of the American Republic
William Reddinger, Associate Professor, Regent University

ECON333: Seminar in Economics – Economic Freedom
Aaron Schavey, Associate Professor, Bethel College

The Ethics of Wealth and Poverty
Andrew Spencer, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Oklahoma Baptist University

Economics, Regulation and Theology: Mapping Complex Territory
Joseph Swanson, Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University

The Mini-Grants program forms part of a range of academic scholarships, grants, and awards available from the Acton Institute that support those engaged in serious  reflection and research on the relationship between theology, the free market, limited government, and the rule of law. Details of these academic grants and scholarships may be found at

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