Robert Gmeiner, Ph.D.

About Me

I am a visiting assistant professor of economics at Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta, Georgia and an externally-affiliated scholar at The Sunwater Institute, a think near Washington, D.C.  My research focuses on public choice, economic regulation, entrepreneurship and knowledge creation, and the role of property rights in economic prosperity and international trade.  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 Kennesaw State.

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 and served as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Russian Far East. From 2018 to 2019, I worked as a scholar doing economic research on property rights at The Sunwater Institute, where I remain affiliated as an external scholar.

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


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

Omicron Delta Kappa

Florida State University, 2018

Adam Smith Fellowship

Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2016-17

Charles E. Rockwood Award for Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Florida State University Department of Economics, 2016

Koch Doctoral Fellowship

Florida State University Department of Economics, 2014-18

Phi Beta Kappa

Delta of North Carolina at Wake Forest University, 2012

© 2019 by Robert Gmeiner