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Dr. Sandra J. Peart became the fourth dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in August 2007. She is president of the International Adam Smith Society and a past president of the History of Economics Society, where she began the Young Scholars Program. Dr. Peart has published more than 60 refereed articles and another 50 chapters in books and encyclopedias in the areas of constitutional political economy, leadership in experimental settings, ethics and economics, and nineteenth and twentieth century economic thought. She has written popular articles on leadership, ethics, higher education, and economic themes for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education¸ USA Today, and the Washington Post. She is the author or editor of nine books, including most recently Escape from Democracy: The Rule of Experts and the Public in Economic Policy, from Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Peart obtained her doctorate in economics from the University of Toronto in 1989. She began her career as an assistant professor of economics at the College of William and Mary and then joined the faculty at Baldwin-Wallace University. She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University in 2004–05, and the following year, she was a fellow of the American Council on Education.