J. Patrick Gunning received an
economics Ph. D. from Virginia Tech in 1974, majoring in Public Finance
and Public Choice. His mentors were Gordon Tullock and Nobel prize
winner James Buchanan. At that time, Public Choice was a subject pursued
by only a handful of U.S. economists and political scientists.
Gunning’s 15-year career as a teacher in the U. S. included stints at
Penn State, American University, the University of Delaware, and Ohio
University. In 1988, he left the U. S. and spent ten of the next 17
years abroad, mostly in Taiwan. He returned to the U.S. in 2006 and is
now visiting professor at the Coast Guard Academy.
Professor Gunning has published
papers in the fields of history of economic thought, Austrian economics,
entrepreneurship, and public choice. He has published two books on
Ludwig von Mises.