Expert

Gary Wolfram

William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of Economics, Hillsdale College
Phone: 
312/377-4000

Dr. Wolfram is the William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of Economics at Hillsdale College, and President of Hillsdale Policy Group, a consulting firm specializing in taxation and policy analysis,  He was a member and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University, served as a member of Michigan's State Board of Education from 1993 to 1999, was Chairman of the Headlee Amendment Blue Ribbon Commission and has been a member of the Michigan Enterprise Zone Authority, the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Board.  Dr. Wolfram's public policy experience includes serving as Congressman Nick Smith's Chief of Staff, Michigan’s Deputy State Treasurer for Taxation and Economic Policy under Governor John Engler, and Senior Economist to the Republican Senate in Michigan.  Professor Wolfram graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and has taught at several colleges and universities, including Mount Holyoke College, The University of Michigan, and Washington State University.  He has a weekly column for The Michigan View, and has contributed to Human Events, American Spectator and National Review. His publications include Towards a Free Society: An Introduction to Markets and the Political System, and several works on public policy issues.  He was named Hillsdale College’s Professor of the Year for 2004 and received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. In 2003, Michigan Runner Magazine also named him one of the top 25 runners in Michigan of the past 25 years.