Joel Best is professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Dr. Best is known for his books identifying what is essential about numbers or statistics: Damned Lies and Statistics, More Damned Lies and Statistics, and Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data. His research interests focus on deviance and social problems. His current research concerns social problems in the future. Dr. Best is a former President of the Midwest Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, a former editor of the journal Social Problems, and the current Editor-in-Chief of the on-line journal Sociology Compass. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, and an M.A. degree in history from the University of Minnesota.
Don Coursey is the Ameritech Professor of Public Policy Studies in the Harris School and the College at the University of Chicago and served as dean of the Harris School from 1996 to 1998. He is an experimental economist whose research elicits reliable measures of preferences and monetary values for public goods, such as environmental quality. Coursey's research has focused on demand for international environmental quality, environmental legislation in the United States, and public preferences for environmental outcomes relative to other social and economic goals. Coursey led an investigation of environmental equity in Chicago, documenting the prevalence of hazardous industrial sites in poor, minority neighborhoods. He has examined public expenditures on endangered species. He has also consulted with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill to develop federal response guidelines for environmental disasters. He received a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona and has previously taught at the University of Wyoming and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Steve Fazzari is Associate Director of the Weidenbaum Center and Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical topics in macroeconomics including the foundations of Keynesian macroeconomics, investment, and the importance of financial structure for macroeconomic performance. His papers have received over 700 hits in the Social Science Citation Index. He co-edited the 2013 book, After the Great Recession: The Struggle for Economic Recovery and Growth, which explains the events leading up to the finandial crisis beginning in 2007 and steps that can be taken to create economic stability. He teaches macroeconomics at all levels. Professor Fazzari received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Richard J. Mahoney
Richard J. Mahoney is the Distinguished Executive in Residence at the Weidenbaum Center. He was Chairman & CEO of the Monsanto Company from 1983-1995. During that period he changed Monsanto from a largely chemical commodity company to the world leader in Agricultural Biotechnology, a strong player in the pharmaceutical industry, and a company recognized for its forward-thinking environmental policies. A prolific writer and lecturer on public policy issues, he was a regular contributor to the Sunday New York Times as a columnist for “From the Desk of” and “Viewpoint.” He has written numerous op-eds on subjects including regulation, taxation, tort law, environmental policy, corporate governance, health care, science policy, corporate political contributions, and trade policy. He established The CEO Series at the Weidenbaum Center — a collection of original essays by prominent CEOs. His essay, “The Anatomy of a Public Policy Crisis,” is widely quoted and used in university class work. He holds honorary degrees from Exeter College, Oxford University, England; UMASS; University of Missouri-St. Louis; Washington University in St. Louis; and Westminster College.
William A. Peck, M.D., is the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and directs the university's Center for Health Policy. Internationally recognized for his leadership in medical education and research, Dr. Peck concluded 14 years of service at Washington University as executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, dean of the School of Medicine, and president of the medical center in 2003. Dr. Peck served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges and of its Council of Deans, and is a frequent spokesperson on scientific and health policy issues. Dr. Peck graduated from Harvard College, then earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester. In 1976 he was recruited to Washington University as the John E. and Adaline Simon Professor of Medicine. The author of more than 100 publications, Dr. Peck is known for his research on bone and mineral metabolism and his studies on the cause of osteoporosis. He was founding president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and has served as president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Among Dr. Peck’s many honors is election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Rochester. Dr. Peck now serves on the boards of TIAA-CREF Trust Company, Allied Health Care Products, Centene Corporation’s Health Policy Advisory Council (Founding Chair), Anvita Health’s Advisory Council (Founding Chair) and the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association. He also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Benefits, Payment and Performance Improvement Program and on the Board of Research!America (Vice-Chair). He became the Founding Chairman of the Board of Innovate St. Louis in 2006.
Tara Sinclair received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2005 and has been in the economics department at George Washington University since August of 2005. Her research is in the broad field of empirical macroeconomics. She focuses on time series analysis which examines historical patterns in data both to understand the current and past structure of our economy as well as to forecast future economic events. Thus far, her research questions have focused on two main areas of interest to economists and policymakers. The first area focuses on developing and applying statistical time series models, primarily the correlated unobserved components model, to macroeconomic problems, specifically to the causes of economic growth and fluctuations. The second examines the role of macroeconomic forecasts in monetary policy. They are tied together by a desire to better understand recessions and economic growth. She is co-director of the Research Program on Forecasting, part of the Center of Economic Research and the Department of Economics at George Washington University. She is also a member of the Institute for International Economic Policy and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies of the Elliott School of International Affairs and is a GW Institute of Public Policy Research Affiliate.
Steven Smith is the Director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. He is the Kate M. Gregg Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1980. He has worked on Capitol Hill in several capacities and has served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has authored or edited ten books on U.S. congressional politics and parliamentary politics in Russia, including The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Parliamentary Warfare in the Modern U.S. Senate. The ninth edition of his textbook on congressional politics, The American Congress, was published in 2015. He is working on books on party leadership in the U.S. Senate and presidential-parliamentary relations in Russia.