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Samuel R. Staley is Research Fellow and film critic at the Independent Institute, Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University, and an author and award-winning novelist. Dr. Staley earned a B.A. in economics and public policy from Colby College, a M.S. in social and applied economics from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration with concentrations in urban planning and public finance from Ohio State University.

His most recent book, Unsafe On Any Campus? College Sexual Assault and What We Can Do About It, draws on his understanding of undergraduate college culture, his work as a martial-arts based self-defense coach, and his 30 years of public policy analysis to understand and frame a policy response based on rebuilding civil society. His academic research has appeared in leading professional publications, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Transportation Research Part A, the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Housing Policy Debate, the Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Town Planning Review, and the Review of Austrian Economics.

The author of five novels under the pen name of SR Staley, Dr. Staley’s most recent book, Tortuga Bay, is a “crossover” action adventure that has earned finalist spots in literary competition categories such as mainstream/literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, young adult, and romance, earning gold medals from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s President’s Awards in the category of Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Romance/Coming of Age/New Adult. In addition, his novels have reached the final rounds of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards (Tortuga Bay), the Royal Palm Literary Awards (St. Nic, Inc, and Tortuga Bay), and the Seven Hills Literary Competition (Renegade).

Dr. Staley has been active in the free-market think tank movement for nearly 30 years, starting his professional career at the Cato Institute before studying economics and public policy. He is a co-founder of The Buckeye Institute and worked extensively with state-based think tanks, including the Mackinac Center (Michigan), the Indiana Policy Review, the John Locke Foundation (North Carolina), Texas Public Policy Foundation, Pioneer Institute (Boston), Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and James Madison Institute (Florida). He has been active in his local community, chairing his local planning commission, serving on his city-township merger review commission, chairing of the Charter Review Commission, serving as a member of his local city’s Board of Zoning Appeals and Property Review Commission, and numerous other civic committees affiliated with the Dayton area chamber of commerce and downtown revitalization commission. Dr. Staley has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Miami Valley School, an independent college preparatory school located in Dayton.

Dr. Staley’s public policy books include Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (with A. Moore), The Road More Traveled: Why the Congestion Crisis Matters More Than You Think and What We Can Do About It, Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century, Drug Policy and The Decline of American Cities, and Planning Rules and Urban Economic Performance: The Case of Hong Kong.