Virgil Storr Joins Institute for Humane Studies Board of Directors

GMU economics professor brings additional faculty, non-profit experience to board

The Institute for Humane Studies today announced the election of Virgil Storr to its Board of Directors. Storr is currently an IHS senior fellow and holds positions at George Mason University and the Mercatus Center.

Virgil Storr

“The IHS Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Virgil as our newest member,” said Tyler Cowen, IHS board executive committee member and chairman of the Mercatus Center.

His experience in academic and non-profit roles will be an enormous asset to IHS as we seek to increase our support for faculty in the classical liberal tradition.

-Tyler Cowen 

Storr is an associate professor of economics at George Mason and vice president of academic and student programs at the Mercatus Center. His research focuses on the social and moral aspects of markets, the challenges of community recovery after disasters, how culture affects economic activity, and the social and economic history of the Bahamas. He is the author of several books, most recently Do Markets Corrupt Our Morals? with Ginny Seung Choi.

IHS is an organization that I truly love. I can still remember the excitement (and nervousness) I felt when I gave my first lecture at an IHS seminar more than a decade ago. I am pleased to be contributing to the important work that IHS is doing in this new capacity and look forward to bringing a perspective gained during my research, teaching, and time spent working with students to the board.

Virgil Storr

Storr holds a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and did his undergraduate work at Beloit College. His research on Austrian economics, culture and economic development, and economic sociology has appeared in journals such as Public Choice, Rationality & Society, the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and the Review of Austrian Economics.


In addition to Storr, the current members of the board are Scott Beaulier, dean of the North Dakota State University school of business, Christopher J. Coyne, professor of economics at George Mason University, Tyler Cowen, chair of economics at George Mason University, David C. Humphreys, president and CEO of Tamko Building Products, Brian Hooks, CEO of Stand Together, James Arthur Pope (Chairman), chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, Chris J. Rufer, founder of the Morning Star Company, Ryan Stowers, executive director of the Charles Koch Foundation, and Todd J. Zywicki, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law.

For 60 years, the Institute for Humane Studies has supported and partnered with professors to promote the teaching and research of classical liberal ideas and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress. Its work includes events and funding for faculty and graduate students to pursue discussion and research in the classical liberal tradition.  

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