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George L. Priest Named Chairman of the Council of Academic Advisers, American Enterprise Institute

Professor George L. Priest has been appointed chairman of the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute, succeeding the prominent political scientist James Q. Wilson, who resigned as chairman shortly before his death in March. The Council consists of academics from leading U.S. universities, including Martin Feldstein, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Glenn Hubbard, among others. 

Priest is the Edward J. Phelps Professor of Law and Economics at Yale Law School, as well as the Kauffman Distinguished Research Scholar in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. He has been a member of AEI’s Council of Academic Advisers since 1994. His appointment as chairman was effective March 10, 2012. 

An internationally recognized expert, Professor Priest has focused his research over the past two decades on antitrust, the operation of private and public insurance, and the role of the legal system in promoting economic growth. He joined Yale Law School in 1981 and is co-director of the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy, which facilitates the scholarly work of the Yale law and economics faculty and supports student interest and research in the field.

Before coming to Yale, Professor Priest taught law at the University of Chicago, SUNY/Buffalo, and UCLA. His subject areas are antitrust; capitalism; regulated industries; torts; and insurance and public policy.

Professor Priest earned a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.