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Grant C. Black

Grant Black is the associate director of the Economic Education Center and is an associate professor of economics in the Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He joined Lindenwood in 2018 and was the assistant director of the Hammond Institute for the year prior to his new position.

Prior to joining Lindenwood in 2018, Black directed the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education and and was a teaching professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to joining UMSL, he was an associate professor of economics at Indiana University South Bend. In 2002 he was visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Black has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, including introductory macroeconomics; introductory microeconomics; labor economics; energy; economics and the environment; and a survey of economics.


His research focuses on the economics of science and innovation, local and regional economic issues, and economic education. He has contributed to research funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the South African Revenue Service, and the United States Agency for International Development. He is the author of the book, The Geography of Small Firm Innovation, and his research has been the focus of articles in diverse publications, including Economic Inquiry, Research Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, Science and Public Policy, and Growth and Change. Dr. Black served as a consultant to the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy at the National Academy of Sciences and participated in the Scientific Workforce Project sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Dr. Black received his undergraduate and master degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1992, 1994), and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University (2001).

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