Phillip Magness

Senior Research Fellow

American Institute for Economic Research

Phillip Magness is Research and Education Director at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. 

Before joining AIER, Dr. Magness spent over a decade teaching public policy, economics, and international trade at American University, George Mason University, and Berry College.

Magness’s work encompasses the economic history of the United States and Atlantic world, with specializations in the economic dimensions of slavery and racial discrimination, the history of taxation, and measurements of economic inequality over time. He also maintains an active research interest in higher education policy and the history of economic thought. In addition to his scholarship, Magness’s popular writings have appeared in numerous venues, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, National Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Also, Magness is the author of several books, including The 1619 Project: A Critique, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education, What is Classical Liberal History? Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement, etc.

Phillip holds a Ph.D. and MPP in Public Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science from St. Thomas University (Houston).

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