I am thrilled to announce that today Larry White has agreed to join the faculty at George Mason University and will be teaching here starting in Fall 2009. This is a huge hire for GMU. As everyone knows, Larry has an international reputation as the leading scholar (along with George Selgin) on alternative monetary systems. With the financial crisis as our backdrop, hard to imagine a better time to be working on that topic. Larry will have scores of eager minds wanting to join him in this inquiry at GMU.
Next academic year, we will also have visiting with us Steve Horwitz (on and off through the year) and Mario Rizzo (teaching spring term). While Pete Leeson will be away for the year as a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago (and Fellow in the Becker Center) and he will no doubt be deeply and sorely missed (by our students and me), the students will have the great opportunity to work with White, Horwitz and Rizzo, as well as Dick Wagner, Dan Klein, Virgil Storr, Frederic Sautet and myself. How cool is that for a graduate student interested in Austrian economics and classical liberal political economy?!
Professionally, there are 3 moments in my career that have been "peak experiences" in terms of excitement of what might come to pass with respect to advancing Austrian economics within the economics profession --- the day I got (and agreed to) the offer to join the faculty at NYU, the day Pete Leeson agreed to join the faculty at GMU, and today as Larry has agreed to join us in our efforts here to build something unique and great in terms of economic research and graduate education. The first two far exceeded even my wildest expectations, and I have little doubt that the same will be said about this third moment.
Welcome on board Larry.