Biography

Nikolai G. Wenzel is the L.V. Hackley Chair for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise, and Distinguished Professor of Economics at Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC).  He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Paris Law School (Center for Law & Economics).  He has held appointments as Associate Professor of Economics at Flagler College, Senior Fellow of the Eleutheria Institute, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Wallace and Marion Reemelin Chair in Free-Market Economics at Hillsdale College.  

Dr. Wenzel has a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University (where he was an H.B. Earhart fellow) and a BSFS cum laude in international affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  

Dr. Wenzel is a former Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department; for two years, he worked at the US Embassy in Mexico City, where he was vice consul and special assistant to the US ambassador.  He subsequently worked for various Washington, DC-area think tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Mercatus Center, and the Institute for Humane Studies, while completing his doctoral coursework.  

Dr. Wenzel is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, and the Association of Private Enterprise Education.  He sat for four years on the Executive Committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and is currently on the Board of Scholars of the Foundation for Economic Education.  He has taught for the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economic Education, and the Fund for American Studies.  Dr. Wenzel has published almost forty scholarly articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of a book on the libertarian-conservative debate (Stanford University Press, 2016).  

When not writing on political economy, Dr. Wenzel dabbles in wine economics.  He is a member of the Georgetown Chimes, Georgetown University's male a cappella singing group, and a novice bluegrass guitar picker and singer.  He has traveled to 53 countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and to 49 US states.  He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and proficient in German, with conversational Italian.