Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University

Associate Director, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Book Review Editor, The Review of Austrian Economics


"The qualities of mind...that I seek to emulate: the willingness to question anything, and anybody, on any subject anytime; the categorical refusal to accept anything as sacred; the genuine openness to all ideas; and, finally, the basic conviction that most ideas peddled about are nonsense or worse when examined critically." 

- James M. Buchanan (Economics from the Outside In)

"May we continue to have our differences, for scholarship would be a dull affair without them, but may we continue to have them with respect, affection, and the true spirit of scholarship."

- Donald E. Queller (The Venetian Patriciate)

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."

- John Milton (1644)

Dr. Daniel J. Smith

Academic Bio:

Daniel J. Smith is an Associate Professor of Economics at Troy University and the Associate Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for The Review of Austrian Economics. Daniel received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Dr. Smith's academic research uses both Austrian and public choice economics to analyze market and governmental institutions, including social and economic cooperation, monetary policy and institutions, and public pensions. His public policy work primarily uses Austrian and public choice economics to address barriers to economic mobility and prosperity. He has published op-eds in newspapers across the nation, including the Wall Street JournalCNBC, and Investor's Business Daily.

Daniel was raised in Midland, MI, where he also did his undergraduate at Northwood University. He was introduced to economics by Lawrence W. Reed, currently the President of the Foundation for Economic Education, and Dale M. Haywood, a Professor of Economics at Northwood (now deceased). Daniel completed his undergraduate training at Northwood under the guidance of John Grether and Dale Matcheck. At George Mason University, Daniel completed his dissertation under the supervision of Peter J. Boettke (Chair), Peter T. Leeson, and Richard E. Wagner. Other influential professors included Walter E. Williams, Bryan Caplan, and Lawrence H. White