Dr. David Mitchell is the Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy. He earned his B.S. and MA in economics from Clemson University and was awarded his PhD from George Mason University. Prior to earning his PhD, he worked in the insurance industry in the United States and Germany. Before starting at Ball State University, he taught at the University of Central Arkansas, St. Mary’s College of California, Washington and Lee University, and the University of South Alabama. His research interests include state-level public finance and entrepreneurship policy, as well as health regulation. He has published in Forbes.com, the Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, the American Journal of Managed Care, and the Journal of Rural Health. He is married with one son.