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Lutgert College of Business

Lutgert College of Business

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Nikolai G. Wenzel, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics
Phone: (239) 590-7345
Office: Lutgert Hall 3348

 Ph.D. in economics, George Mason University (2007)

Nikolai G. Wenzel is Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in the Lutgert College of Business. He is on academic leave from Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI), where he holds the Wallace and Marion Reemelin Chair in Free-Market Economics. Dr. Wenzel has a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and a BSFS cum laude (1994) in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC.

Dr. Wenzel is a former Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department; he worked at the US Embassy in Mexico City, where he was vice consul and special assistant to the US ambassador. He later worked for various Washington, DC-area think tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the Institute for Humane Studies, while completing his doctoral coursework, and a dissertation on Argentina's failed constitution and economy. Since 2007, he has been teaching economics at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Wenzel's research focuses on constitutional political economy and the institutions that promote human liberty and flourishing, with an emphasis on the role of ideology and culture, the history of ideas, and the work of Austrian economist F.A. Hayek. His work has been published in a dozen journals, including the Review of Austrian Economics, the Journal of Private Enterprise, and the Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Dr. Wenzel is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and teaches for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Foundation for Economic Education. He was recently inducted as a Friend of the Arts and Distinguished Member of the SAI Music Fraternity.

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