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Samuel R. Staley
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Samuel R. Staley is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University (@DeVoeMooreCtr) and an award-winning novelist (@SamRStaley). His most recent novel is St. Nic, Inc., a re-imagination of the Santa Claus myth rooted in global capitalism, free labor, and Hayekian spontaneous order. He is also a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and a student of the self-defense based martial art of To-Shin Do, a discipline founded on the principles of the ancient fighting art of Ninjutsu, and its application to addressing college campus violence and sexual assault. He earned a B.A. in economics and public policy from Colby College, M.S. in social and applied economics from Wright State University, and Ph.D. in public administration with concentrations in urban planning and public finance from Ohio State University.

He 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 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.

His fiction, authored under the pen name SR Staley, incorporates strong individualist themes into character-driven action-adventure stories and includes the novels The Pirate of Panther Bay, A Warrior’s Soul, and Renegade. Renegade earned 2nd place in the 2012 Seven Hills Literary Contest.

His articles have appeared the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Investor's Business Daily, Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Policy Debate, Town Planning Review, Journal of Urban Development and Planning, Review of Austrian Economics, Urban Land, Planning, and National Review.

In addition to The Beacon, Sam blogs on publishing and writing at blog.srstaley.com and on self-defense at blog.defensivewarrior.com.