Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross, and the University of Central Arkansas. He is author of almost 700 refereed articles in professional journals, three dozen books, and thousands of op eds (including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others). He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world, and appears regularly on television and radio shows.
He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award (2005, 2008); the Mises Institute's Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; and the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007. He has lectured, debated, and made presentations at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago, Berkley, Stanford, British Columbia, Toronto, Simon Fraser, and scores of other universities. Prof. Block counts among his friends Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard. He was converted to libertarianism by Ayn Rand.