James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from both Harvard University and Yale University and studied as a Marshall scholar at King's College, Cambridge from 1974-1975. Afterwards, he served on the staff of the U.S. Congress in several positions. From 1995 to 1997, Galbraith directed the LBJ School's Ph.D. program in public policy. He currently directs the University of Texas Inequality Project, an informal research group based at the LBJ School. Galbraith's most recent book is Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis (2012). Additional books authored by Galbraith include The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (2008), Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay (1998) and Balancing Acts: Technology, Finance and the American Future (1989). Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View (2001) is co-edited with Maureen Berner. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem (1989) with Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics (1993) with William Darity Jr. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.
Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at the Stonybrook University. She served as Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) in 2015 and then as an Economic Advisor to Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign. She was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the top-ranked blog New Economic Perspectives and a member of the TopWonks network of the nation’s best thinkers. In 2016, POLITICO recognized her as one of the 50 people across the country who is most influencing the political debate.
Her book, The State, The Market and The Euro (2001) predicted the debt crisis in the Eurozone, and her subsequent work correctly predicted that: (1) Quantitative Easing (QE) wouldn’t lead to high inflation; (2) government deficits wouldn’t cause a spike in U.S. interest rates; (3) the S&P downgrade wouldn’t cause investors to flee Treasuries; (4) the U.S. would not experience a European-style debt crisis.
She is a regular commentator on national radio and broadcast television. Stephanie consults with policymakers, investment banks and portfolio managers across the globe. Her research expertise is in: Federal Reserve operations, fiscal policy, social security, international finance and employment policy.
Jan Kregel is Director of Research at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is also a Professor of Development Finance at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. Kregel served as Rapporteur of the President of the UN General Assembly’s Commission on Reform of the International Financial System in 2009. His major works include Rate of Profit, Distribution and Growth: Two Views (1971); The Theory of Economic Growth (1972); Theory of Capital (1976); and Origini e sviluppo dei mercati finanziari (1996).
In 2011, Kregel was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the oldest honorific scientific organization in the world. Kregel studied under Joan Robinson and Nicholas Kaldor at the University of Cambridge, and received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University under the chairmanship of Paul Davidson. He is a life fellow of the Royal Economic Society (UK) and an elected member of the Società Italiana degli Economisti. In 2010, Kregel was awarded the prestigious Veblen–Commons Award by the Association for Evolutionary Economics for his many contributions to the field of economics.
Professor Bill Mitchell holds the Chair in Economics and is the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University of Newcastle. He also is a Visiting Professor at Maastricht University, The Netherlands and is on the management board of CofFEE-Europe, a sister centre located at that university. He has published widely in refereed academic journals and books and regularly is invited to give Keynote conference presentations in Australia and abroad. He has an established record in macroeconomics, labour market studies, econometric modeling, regional economics and economic development. He has received regular research grant support from the national competitive grants schemes in Australia and has been an Expert Assessor of International Standing for the Australian Research Council. He has extensive experience as a consultant to the Australian government, trade unions and community organisations, and several international organisations (including the European Commission; the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank). He maintains a high commitment to community activities. He has been regularly called to appear as an expert witness in industrial matters in the relevant state and federal tribunals and at various Federal government enquiries (Senate and House of Representatives).
He is also a professional musician and plays guitar with the Melbourne Reggae-Dub band – Pressure Drop and he will be joining a Kansas City jazz trio in a jam session on the opening night of the conference, Thursday, Sept. 21st.
Warren Mosler is one of the leading voices in the field of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Residing on the island of St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, Warren Mosler owns and operates Valance Co., Inc. As both an entrepreneur and financial professional, Warren Mosler has spent the past 40 years gaining an insider’s knowledge of monetary operations. He co-founded AVM, a broker/dealer providing advanced financial services to large institutional accounts and the Illinois Income Investors (III) family of investment funds in 1982, which he turned over to his partners at the end of 1997. Warren Mosler graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Economics in 1971. Since then, he has been deeply involved in the academic community, presenting at conferences around the world and publishing numerous articles in economic journals, newspapers, and periodicals.
Mosler is the author of Soft Currency Economics and The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy that has been translated into Italian, Polish, Spanish, and, most recently, German.
Brett Scott is an entrepreneur, activist, scholar, and writer who has extensive experience in the worlds of alternative finance and social movements. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013) and has been published articles in The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, and The New Internationalist. Brett is a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab and has done work on financial reform, alternative currencies, P2P economic systems, and corporate transparency. In 2007, Brett earned a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Ha-Joon Chang.
Lord Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He is also a director of the Moscow School of Political Studies and was the founder and executive secretary of the UK/Russia Round Table. Since 2002, he has been chairman of the Centre for Global Studies. In 2010, he joined the Advisory Board of the Institute of New Economic Thinking. From 1953 to 1958, Lord Skidelsky was a boarder at Brighton College (of which he is now chairman of the board of governors). He went on to read history at Jesus College, Oxford, and from 1961 to 1969, he was successively research student, senior student, and research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1967, he published his first book, Politicians and the Slump, Labour Government of 1929-31, based on his D.Phil dissertation. In 1978, he was appointed Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick, where he has since remained, though joining the Economics Department as Professor Political Economy in 1990. He is currently Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
The first volume of his biography of John Maynard Keynes, Hopes Betrayed, 1883-1920, was published in 1983. The second volume, The Economist as Saviour, 1920-1937 (1992) won the Wolfson Prize for History. The third volume, Fighting for Britain, 1937-1946 (2000) won the Duff Cooper Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Arthur Ross Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relation. He is the author of the The World After Communism (1995) (American edition called The Road from Serfdom). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. Lord Skidelsky writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, Against the Current, which is syndicated in newspapers all over the world. His account of the current economic crisis, Keynes: The Return of the Master, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in September 2009. In June 2012 How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life was published, which was co-written with his son Edward Skidelsky.
L. Randall Wray is a professor of economics at Bard College. He has published extensively on full employment, monetary theory, and fiscal policy. The author of Money and Credit in Capitalist Economics: The Endogenous Money Approach (1990), Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability (1998), The Rise and Fall of Money Manager Capitalism: Minsky’s Half Century from World War Two to the Great Recession (with Eric Tymoigne; 2013), and Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems (2012), Wray’s most recent book is Why Minsky Matters: An Introduction to the Work of a Maverick Economist (2016). Dr. Wray previously taught at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (1999 - 2016) and the University of Denver from (1987 - 1999), and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Paris and Rome (La Sapienza). He holds an MA and Ph.D from Washington University, where he studied under Hyman P. Minsky.
Zach Carter is HuffPost's Senior Political Economy Reporter, working out of Washington D.C. His story, "Swiped: Banks, Merchants and Why Washington Doesn't Work for You," written with Ryan Grim, was included in the Columbia Journalism Review's compilation Best Business Writing 2012. He previously worked as AlterNet's Economics Editor, blogged about economics policy at Campaign For America's Future and served on the steering committee at Americans for Financial Reform.
Jeff Spross is the economics and business correspondent at TheWeek.com. "You're Hired!" his long-form article on the federal job guarantee, appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Democracy. He has blogged on economics and policy since 2008, and was previously an economics and climate reporter at ThinkProgress.