Academic Advisory Board

Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D.

Robert Nelson is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Dr. Nelson's expertise includes land and natural resource management, with a particular emphasis on management of federally owned resources.

Dr. Nelson is the author of several journal articles and five books: Zoning and Property Rights (MIT Press, 1977); The Making of Federal Coal Policy (Duke University Press, 1983); Reaching for Heaven on Earth: The Theological Meaning of Economics (1991); Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management (1995); and, most recently, A Burning Issue: A Case for Abolishing the U.S. Forest Service (2000).

He has written widely in publications for broader audiences, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, Reason, Society, and Technology Review.

Nelson has served in the principal policy office serving the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as the senior economist of the Congressionally chartered Commission on Fair Market Value Policy for Federal Coal Leasing (Linowes Commission) and as senior research manager of the President's Commission on Privatization.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, visiting senior fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and visiting scholar at the Political Economy Research Center.

Dr. Nelson is also a Senior Fellow in environmental studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.


Thomas J. Dilorenzo, Ph.D.

Thomas DiLorenzo is a professor of economics at the Joseph A. Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

He is the author or co-author of Underground Government: The Off-Budget Sector (1983), Destroying Democracy: How Government Funds Partisan Politics (1986), Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us (1993), Cancer Scam: Diversion of Federal Cancer Funds to Politics (1997), The Food and Drink Police: America's Nannies, Busybodies & Petty Tyrants (1999), Unhealthy Charities: Hazardous to Your Health and Wealth, From Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America (2000).

He has held faculty positions with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the State University of New York.

He is currently an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and previously held adjunct scholar positions with the Center for Study of American Business and Cato Institute.

His most recent book, Public Health Profiteering, was published in 2001.


Peter Van Doren

Peter Van Doren is editor of the Cato Institute's quarterly journal Regulation and an expert in the regulation of housing, land, energy, the environment, transportation, and labor. He has taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University), the School of Organization and Management (Yale University), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1987 to 1988 he was the postdoctoral fellow in political economy at Carnegie Mellon University. His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Journal of Commerce, and the New York Post. Van Doren has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, and Voice of America. He received his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master's degree and doctorate from Yale University.


William L. Anderson, Ph.D.

William Anderson is an assistant professor of economics at Frostburg State University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University.