Art  Carden
Margaret Gage Bush Distinguished Professor of Economics
Brock School of Business
Department of Economics Finance and Quantitative Analysis
379 Cooney Hall

Art Carden is a professor of economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business. He is also a senior fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research and the Fraser Institute; a research fellow with the Independent Institute; a senior fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee; a senior research fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; and co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal. His research on mass-market retailers, economic history, and the history of economic ideas has appeared in journals like the Southern Economic JournalJournal of Urban EconomicsPublic Choice, and Contemporary Economic Policy. He is a contributor to, and his commentaries and other articles have appeared in USA TodayProductive!Black Belt, and many other outlets. He earned a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Alabama and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis. Before joining the faculty at Samford, Carden taught economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His first book, coauthored with Deirdre McCloskey and titled Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World, published by the University of Chicago Press, is available to purchase on Amazon. He lives in Birmingham with his wife and three children.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Economics
  • M.A., University of Alabama, Economics
  • B.S., University of Alabama, Economics
  • Graduate Certificate in New Institutional Social Sciences from Washington University, St. Louis