Dr. Christopher Westley joined FGCU in January 2015 to serve as a Professor of Economics and Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute. A native of Naples, Florida, he studied at the University of Florida and St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, before receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University. A prolific writer, his scholarly articles have appeared in Economics and Politics, Constitutional Political Economy, the Eastern Economics Journal, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the International Journal of Social Economics. In addition, Professor Westley has published more than 100 economics columns since receiving his Ph.D., including some that have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, the Christian Science Monitor, several Florida newspapers, as well as business and public policy journals throughout the United States.
Dr. Westley is a member of the American Economic Association, the Eastern Economic Association, the Southern Finance Association, and the Florida Council of Business Economists. He also serves as an adjunct scholar for the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an associated scholar for the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.