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Jonathan Bean is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, and editor of the book, Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader. He received his Ph.D. in Business History from the Ohio State University in 1994. Bean is the editor of the Institute book Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, that received praise from Choice (American Library Association) and Diverse Issues in Higher Education (formerly Black Issues in Higher Education).

Bean is a Member of the Illinois State Advisory Panel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a Member of the Academic Hall of Fame at St. Michael’s College. He is the recipient of the Henry Adams Prize for Best Book of the Year from the Society for History in the Federal Government and the Herman E. Krooss Prize from the Business History Conference. Bean was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Southern Illinois University in 2005. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on corruption in government contracting, consulted for the Japanese government, and served as an expert witness in two landmark court cases.

He was the Senior Editor for H-Business, an on-line journal for business historians, and his other books include Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business, 1936-1961 (1996) and Big Government and Affirmative Action: The Scandalous History of the Small Business Administration (2001). His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as The Independent Review, Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Continuity, Business and Economic History, Journal of Policy History, Choice, Enterprise and Society, Business History Review, National Social Science Perspectives Journal, Ohio History, The Historian, Ohio History, Continuity, Business and Economic History, Choice, African American National Biography, American National Biography, and the Encyclopedia of American Business History.

His popular articles, interviews and investigative work have appeared in print or on air with a wide range of media outlets: NPR, Fox, CBS, C-Span, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Weekly Standard, Mother Jones, Salon, McClatchy-Tribune (syndicated columns), Business Week, Forbes, Fortune Small Business, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Banker, Commercial Real Estate, and Good Society. During the 2008 presidential race, Bean served as nonpartisan election analyst for Correio Braziliense, a major Brazilian newspaper. He has also been interviewed by dozens of radio stations.

Books
Race and Liberty in America 2009
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Jonathan Bean on the History of Racial Segregation January 12, 2012

Independent Review Articles
Adoption of State Lotteries in the United States, with a Closer Look at Illinois Winter 2006
Shame of the Cities: Setting Aside Justice for the “Disadvantaged” Summer 2003
“Burn, Baby, Burn”: Small Business in the Urban Riots of the 1960s Fall 2000
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Commentary
Triumph and Trashing of the Civil Rights Act July 21, 2014
Are Some Groups More Equal Than Others? May 22, 2014
Ending Racial Hatred with Heart, Wallet May 17, 2013
Playing the Presidential Race Card August 12, 2010
What Jimmy Carter Doesn’t Know September 17, 2009
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Beacon Blog Posts
50 Years of Mischief: The Triumph and Trashing of the Civil Rights Act June 25, 2014
Supreme Court Rules: Social Security is NOT a Binding Contract January 23, 2013
Don't Know Much About History: Colleges Teach U.S. History with Politics Left Out (Is that Good or Bad?) January 17, 2013
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Articles
SIU Experts Step into Limelight January 1, 2012



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