Clara E. Piano
Assistant Professor
Brock School of Business
Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis
Office: 333 Cooney Hall
Phone: 205-726-4018
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Clara Jace Piano is a proud alumna of Creighton University and George Mason University. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis in Samford’s Brock School of Business. 

Her primary areas of research are family economics, the economics of religion, and political economy. She has published on the origins of economic analysis within the School of Salamanca, the causes and effects of Soviet family policy, the relationship between state and church welfare, and the organization of Christian seminaries. Her work has also been featured in more popular outlets like Public Discourse and the Faith & Economics podcast. 

Beyond economics, she loves reading and discussing Catholic Social Thought, hiking with her beloved dog, and enjoying the Italian food cooked by her Italian husband.


  • B.S.B.A., Economics and Marketing, Creighton University
  • Ph.D., Economics, George Mason University