Tawni Hunt Ferrarini: The Independent Institute

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Tawni Hunt Ferrarini
Tawni Hunt Ferrarini

Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, is Associate Director of the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise and the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education in the School of Education at Lindenwood University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

She is co-author of the book, Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (with Richard J. Stroup and Dwight R. Lee), Teachers Can Be Financially Fit Too (with M. Schug, W. Wood and S. Niederjohn), and Episodes in American Economic History (with M. Schug, W. Wood and S. Niederjohn).

She has served as the Sam M. Cohodas Professor and Director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at Northern Michigan University, Distinguished Lecturer at Bryn Mawr University and Wake Forest University, Distinguished Professor of Economic Education at the Council on Economic Education (Japan), Lecturer at Portland State University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College, Visiting Professor of Economics at Florida State University, and Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute.

She is also the recipient of the Patty Elder International Award and Abbejean Kehler Technology Award from the National Association of Economic Educators, Michigan Economic Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Council for Economic Education, and Best Educational Note Award with H. Eyzaguirre and B. O’Roarke in the Journal of Private Enterprise. And, she has been Executive Board Member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and President of the National Association of Economic Educators.

Her articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Informatics Education Research, Michigan Social Studies Journal, Social Education, Econ Journal Watch, The American Economist, Social Studies Research and Practice, Journal of Socio-Economics, Journal of Private Enterprise, and Journal of Economics and Finance Education. And her popular articles have appeared in the Providence Journal, Buffalo News, Christian Science Monitor, Lansing State Journal, South Bend Tribune, and Springfield Business Journal.