Ross Emmett


Dr. Ross B. Emmett is a professor in James Madison College at Michigan State University and co-director of the College’s Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity. His teaching deals with the central question of comparative economic governance: what is the relationship between basic economic institutions and their legal, cultural and political contexts? His research concerns both the history of how modern societies have answered that question, and how today’s answers affect liberty, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ross Emmett is the lead editor of Research in the History of Economic Thought & Methodology, a research annual published in three volumes per year by Emerald. In 2009 he published Frank Knight and the Chicago School in the History of American Economics. He has edited five collections of material on the history of economics, including the Elgar Companion to the Chicago School of Economics (forthcoming in 2010) and Great Bubbles — an interdisciplinary examination of the financial crises of the 17th and 18th centuries. Downloaded articles from his research on the Social Science Research Network ( place him among the top 10% of authors on that network.

Apart from his current project – The Constitution of Innovation, Ross Emmett is also working on a fictionalized account of the historical relationship between John Law and Richard Cantillon during the European financial crisis of the early 1700s and an intellectual biography of Frank Knight.

Ross is a citizen of both the US and Canada, and often uses Canadian comparisons in discussing political economy issues. Prior to coming to Michigan State, he lived in western Canada for more than 20 years.


Email: “Ross[at]”


Ross Emmett’s faculty page at James Madison College

The Michigan Center for Innovation & Economic Prosperity (MCIEP)

Research in the History of Economic Thought & Methodology (RHETM)

Ross’ first blog: The Skeptical Liberal (now inactive)

Ross’ other blog: lovebabelmammon