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Jonathan J. Bean

Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of History at Southern Illinois University. 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.

Race & Liberty in America 2009
Race & Liberty in America| Independent Outlook Episode 14 February 24, 2021
Race and Liberty in America: Riots Today vs. the 1960s | Jonathan J. Bean and Graham H. Walker June 18, 2020
Jonathan Bean on the History of Racial Segregation January 12, 2012

“Race and Liberty in America—Riots Today vs the 1960s” Research Fellow Jonathan Bean appears on the Jim Bohannon radio show June 15, 2020
“Riots in America: Today vs the 1960s” Research Fellow Jonathan Bean appears on the Lars Larson show June 8, 2020
Civil Rights Are Too Important to Leave to Special-Interest Advocates January 28, 2015
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Race and Liberty in America: Riots Today vs. the 1960s June 19, 2020
Independent Review Articles
Adoption of State Lotteries in the United States, with a Closer Look at Illinois Winter 2005/06
Shame of the Cities Summer 2003
“Burn, Baby, Burn” Fall 2000
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Commentary Articles
Should We Let People Die of COVID-19 to Achieve Racial Equality? February 15, 2021
Riots after Floyd Death Similar to 1960s Riots—Liberal Response Repeats Mistakes of Past June 9, 2020
Racial Preferences and the Folly of ‘Strict Scrutiny’ January 7, 2016
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Beacon Blog Posts
COVID-19 Vaccine: Should We Let People Die to Achieve "Race Equity"? December 26, 2020
Riots Redux: Whither Portland . . . and the U.S.A? November 6, 2020
My Country, Wrong and Right July 5, 2019
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SIU Experts Step into Limelight January 1, 2012

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