posted February 21, 2011

John Lunn Elected President of Association of Christian Economists

 Dr. John Lunn, who is the Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics at HopeCollege, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Association of Christian Economists (ACE).

ACE aims to encourage Christian scholars to explore and communicate the relationship between their faith and the discipline of economics, and to promote interaction and communication among Christian economists.  The association currently has approximately 300 members, who are Christian economists in academia, business and government.

Lunn most recently served the ACE as a member of the editorial board of "Faith and Economics," the review published by the association twice a year.  Through the years he has also organized sessions and presented papers during the group's annual meeting.

He will serve as president through 2012.

Lunn has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1992, when he was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Haack Professorship.  He teaches the senior research class, microeconomics and industrial organization, as well as a course on the history of economic theory.

His scholarly specializations include microeconomics and industrial organization.  His current research interests include the self-employment of immigrants, for which in 1998-99 he received one of only 700 U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Program awards so that he could spend time in Europe to collect comparative data, and the question of why theologians don't like markets.

Lunn has published in a number of economics journals, including "European Economic Review," "Southern Economic Journal" and "The Journal of Legal Studies," as well as scholarly journals that focus on faith and economics, including not only "Faith and Economics" but also "Christian Scholars' Review," and "Markets and Morality."  In 1995, he provided expert testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee examining the issue of race and gender preference programs.

Prior to coming to Hope, Lunn was a member of the faculty at LouisianaStateUniversity for nine years.  He had also taught at Miami University, the University of British Columbia and California State University-Fullerton.

He holds his bachelor's degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.; his master's degree from California State University, Hayward; and his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.