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Robert Gmeiner, Ph.D.

About Me

First and foremost, I am an aspiring follower of Jesus Christ with a delightful family.  After that, I am an economics professor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The success of my students and the relevance of my research are the measure of my own success as an academic.  Aside from academics, I'm a bit of a suburban gardener who likes fresh eggs and homegrown vegetables.

I love research, and you can read it here.  My research philosophy breaks down into a few parts:

1) Put first things first.  The discovery of truth - including scientific truth - is pleasing to God.  That truth should be useful, not trivial.

2) Learn from and understand those who think differently than I do.

3) Link the research question to the big picture, and don't focus on small questions.

4) Find solutions for problems, not problems for solutions, and push the boundaries of conventional thought without being confrontational.

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.



Doctor of Philosophy, Economics, 2018

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Dissertation chairman: Dr. Randall Holcome

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

Methodist University

Assistant Professor of Financial Economics, 2021 - current

Kennesaw, Georgia

Kennesaw State University

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, 2019 - 2021

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 and Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Delta of North Carolina at Wake Forest University, 2012

Omicron Delta Kappa

Florida State University, 2018

The Philadelphia Society

Member since 2019


Charles E. Rockwood Award for Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Florida State University Department of Economics, 2016

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