Bruce L. Benson, PhD

Bruce Benson

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Florida State University
Location: West Jefferson, North Carolina, United States

Bruce Benson, Professor Emeritus at Florida State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics education.

Dr. Benson is an expert in the areas of economics of crime, drug policy, alternatives to public institutions, private arbitration and private security, and shared his insight to scholars for more than four decades. While originally unsure of what to do with his life, he enrolled in an array of courses, but found his economics courses to be the most interesting. While currently a professor emeritus at Florida State University, he continues to enjoy educating and researching at Appalachian State University and with a visiting professorship role at Texas Tech University.

While serving in the US Army, Dr. Benson began taking classes and ended up earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics at the University of Montana in 1973. He continued at the institution to receive a Master of Arts in economics in 1975 before enrolling in Texas A&M University, receiving a PhD in the studies in 1978. Early in his career, Dr. Benson became a visiting assistant professor at Pennsylvania University. He continued to work at the institution until 1982, leaving as an assistant professor to become an associate professor at Montana State University. In the 1980s, he briefly worked as F. Leroy Hill Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies before settling on Florida State University. In addition, he was a visiting professor at the University de Paris Pantheon, the American Institute of Economic Research, as well as a Julian Simon Fellow and Earhart Fellow.

Throughout his career, Dr. Benson has received a number of awards and distinctions. For his military service, he received a Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Meal, W-2 Bronze Service Stars and a Decorated Vietnam Campaign Medal. For his work as an educator and research, Dr. Benson has been honored with a Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, a Ludwig von Mises Prize, a Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award, a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Leavy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Force, an Adam Smith Award from the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Libertarian Alliance and has received Best Paper Awards from the Journal of Private Enterprise since 1999.

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