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Five professors affiliated with universities across the United States were recently awarded funding to support faculty research and advance course development.

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 and helps future leaders to emerge, strengthening and expanding 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 2021 winners and their specific projects:

The Economic Ways of Loving Book Project
Sarah Marie Estelle, Associate Professor of Economics, Hope College.

Natural Law for Professors of Private Law
Adam J. MacLeod, Professor of Law, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University.

Capitalism and Inequality Reading Group for Undergraduates
Allen Mendenhall, Associate Dean, Sorrell College of Business and Interim Executive Director, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University.

Why Business?
James R. Otteson, John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.

The Ethics, Politics, and Economics of Crime and Weapons
Michael V. Szpindor Watson, Assistant Professor of Economics, Belmont Abbey College.

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 here.


About the Acton Institute

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