Robert M. Whaples is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Co-Editor and Managing Editor of The Independent Review, Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University, Director and Book Review Editor for EH.NET, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute. He is the co-editor of the Independent Institute books Is Social Justice Just?, In All Fairness, and Pope Francis and the Caring Society. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Associate Editor of the Business Library Review, Chair of the Cliometric Society, and editor of EH.Net's Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History.
Professor Whaples is the recipient of both the Allen Nevins Prize and Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History from the Economic History Association. He is the editor of the books, In All Fairness: Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity (with Christopher J. Coyne and Michael C. Munger); Pope Francis and the Caring Society; Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? (with Michael C. Munger and Christopher J. Coyne); Historical Perspectives on the American Economy (with Dianne Betts), Public Choice Interpretations of American Economic History (with Jac Heckelman and John Moorhouse), The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History and The Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History (both with Randall Parker), and The Economic Crisis in Retrospect: Explanations by Great Economists (with E. Page West III).
A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, Professor Whaples is the author of more than 300 articles and reviews in such journals as the Journal of Economic History, Social Science History, Southern Economic Journal, Historical Methods, Social Epistemology, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic Education, Economic Letters, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Legal Education, Albany Law Review, The American Economist, PS: Political Science and Politics, Econ Journal Watch, Korean Journal of Public Choice, Eastern Economic Journal, and Contemporary Social Epistemology.
Professor Whapless popular articles have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN.com, and Winston-Salem Journal; he has been interviewed on CBC, NPR, and other TV and radio networks and programs; and his 36-part lecture series Modern Economic Issues is published by the Teaching Company. He and his wife Regina are Lay Dominicans.