Art  Carden

Art Carden

Associate Professor of Economics , Fellow with Samford's Center for Science and Religion

Brock School of Business

Department of Economics Finance and Quantitative Analysis

Office: Cooney Hall 379
Phone: 205-726-2406
Art is 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, an Adjunct Program officer in Economics with the Institute for Humane Studies and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Previously, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in 2008, 2009 and 2011,  and he had the honor of teaching in summer programs sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies and the Ludwig von Mises Institute. 

Art's main areas of research are Southern Economic History, development economics and the effects of "Big Box" retailers like Walmart and Costco.Art's research has appeared in journals like the Journal of Urban Economics, Public Choice, Contemporary Economic Policy and Business and Politics. He regularly contributes commentaries to and the Washington Examiner as well as, on,, and He also has been interviewed and used as an expert in newspapers like the Tennessean, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Orlando Business Journal and numerous other media outlets.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD Washington University, St. Louis, Economics
  • MA, University of Alabama, Economics
  • BS, University of Alabama, Economics
  • Graduate Certificate in New Institutional Social Sciences from Washington University, St. Louis