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Joseph Connors
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Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Donald R. Tapia School of Business, Saint Leo University, Fall 2014–present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University, Fall 2013–2014
Postdoctoral fellowship, Department of Political Science, Duke University, Fall 2011–2013


Academic Affiliations
Research Fellow, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2012–present


Education
Ph.D. Economics, Florida State University, 2011
    Dissertation: "Global Poverty: The Role of Economic Freedom, Democracy and Foreign Aid", Adviser: James Gwartney
M.S. Economics, Florida State University, 2009
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, 2005


Teaching
Undergraduate:
Principles of Microeconomics (SLU & Wake), Principles of Macroeconomics (SLU & Wake), Intermediate Microeconomics (FSU), Econometrics (SLU), Behavioral Economics (SLU), Introduction to Enlightenment Thought (Wake), Introduction to Political Economy (Duke), Economics for Non-Majors (SLU)

Graduate:
MBA Managerial Economics (SLU)

Other Teaching Interests:
Institutions and Development, Monetary Economics, Public Economics, and Philosophy of a Free Society

Chapters
“Is Capitalism Exploitative?” In Anne Bradley and Hugh Whelchel, ed., Critiques of Capitalism, forthcoming.

“Economic Freedom and Global Poverty” (with J. D. Gwartney). In Mark D. White, ed., Accepting the Invisible Hand. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2010.


Publications (non-peer reviewed)
“The Crash of 2008: Causes and Lessons to Be Learned” (with J. D. Gwartney). Social Education. 73(2) 2009: 63-67.


Policy Papers and Book Reviews
“Cronyism, Economic Freedom, and Human Flourishing,” Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, forthcoming.

Review of “Free Our Markets: A Citizens' Guide to Essential Economics,” by Howard Jr. Baetjer," Independent Review, 19(1) 2014.

“Economic Freedom and the Path to Flourishing,” (with Anne Bradley), Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2013.

“A Christian Perspective on Income Mobility,” Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2013.

“The Scope of Government and the Wealth of Nations Revisited” (with S. W. Norton). Hastert Center Public Policy Series, August 2012.


Working Papers
“Determinants of Life Satisfaction: Religious Beliefs and Economic and Political Freedom”

“Institutional Trinity: Economic, Political, and Religious Freedom”

“Economic Institutions and Global Poverty”

“The Supporting Role of Democracy in Reducing Global Poverty”


Grants, Awards and Achievements
Grant from The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics for speaker series and reading group at Saint Leo University (ongoing)

Association of Private Enterprise Education annual meetings - Young Scholar award, 2009 and 2011

James H. Gapinski Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Among First-year Graduate Students, Florida State University, 2008

Best of Interdisciplinary Design, Senior Design Competition, Santa Clara University, 1998

Co-founder of the Robotic Systems Laboratory at Santa Clara University - formerly SCREEM Lab, 1997-1998


Presentations and Talks
2015-2016 Saint Leo University, topics: Poverty, Income Inequality, Minimum Wage, Flourishing, Sweatshops, Water, Culture and Commerce
2015    Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC
2012    King's College, London, U.K.
2012    A New Way of Teaching ECO151, Greensboro, NC
2011    Society for Politics, Economics, and the Law, NC State University, Raleigh, NC


Conference Presentations and Workshops
2013    Southern Economic Association, Tampa, FL
2013    Public Choice Society, New Orleans, LA
2012    Ronald Coase Institute Workshop, Santiago, Chile
2012    Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA
2012    Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, NV
2012    Public Choice Society, Miami, FL
2012    Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL
2011    Southern Economic Association, Washington, DC
2011    Association of Private Enterprise Education, Nassau, The Bahamas
2011    Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tampa, FL
2010    Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, GA
2010    Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL
2009    Association of Private Enterprise Education, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2009    Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tampa, FL
2009    Southern Economic Association, San Antonio, TX
2008    Southern Economic Association, Washington, DC
2008    Creative Teaching Ideas Workshop, Gus. A. Stavros Center, Tallahassee, FL


Other Professional Activities
Co-creator of Oikonomia: Economics for Life and Purpose course for the homeschool market.

Collaborator in creation of Common Sense Economics course for non-majors. This course is used in both online and traditional classes. It is currently taught at Florida State University, Northern Michigan University, Wake Tech Community College, and many high schools.

Research and Teaching Assistant Positions
Research Assistant for James Gwartney, Florida State University, 2008-2009 and 2011
BB&T Dissertation Fellow, Florida State University, 2010
Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Florida State University, 2007-2008


Professional Associations
American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Public Choice Society, Association of Christian Economists, Association of Private Enterprise Education, CREDO

Work Experience

Senior Project Engineer, Engine Control and Monitoring, Sunnyvale, CA, 2003-2007

Member Technical Staff, nBand Communications, Mountain View, CA, 2000-2001

Hardware Engineer, Alcatel, Milpitas, CA, 2000

Hardware Engineer, Trimble Navigation, Sunnyvale, CA, 1998-1999