Robert Gmeiner, Ph.D.

About Me

I am an assistant professor of financial economics at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina and an externally-affiliated scholar at The Sunwater Institute, a think near Washington, D.C.  I strive to link my research into the "big picture" and answer broad, interesting, and important questions for the good of society.  As for teaching, I thoroughly enjoy it and it is one of the pleasures of my current position at Methodist University.  See my research and teaching pages for more.

I earned my Ph.D. at Florida State University, studying under Dr. Randall Holcombe.  Prior to graduate school, I earned an undergraduate degree in economics and Russian at Wake Forest University, served as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Russian Far East.

When I am not doing research or teaching, you can find me with my delightful family.



Doctor of Philosophy, Economics, 2018

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Dissertation Chairman: Dr. Randall Holcombe

Dissertation Title: Domestic Effects of Federal Regulation of Oil and Gas Industries

Master of Science, Economics, 2016

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Russian, 2012 

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

summa cum laude

Academic Employment

Kennesaw State University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, 2019 - current

Kennesaw, Georgia

The Sunwater Institute

Scholar (external), 2018 - current

North Bethesda, Maryland

Volunteer Service

Missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2009-2011

Russian Far East (Artyom, Khabarovsk, Nakhodka, Ussuriysk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

Phi Beta Kappa

Delta of North Carolina at Wake Forest University, 2012

Omicron Delta Kappa

Florida State University, 2018

Charles E. Rockwood Award for Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Florida State University Department of Economics, 2016

Adam Smith Fellowship

Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2016-17

Koch Doctoral Fellowship

Florida State University Department of Economics, 2014-18