Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship
& Economic Education
Department of Economics
Dr. Grant Black is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education and Teaching Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University in 2001. Prior to joining UMSL, he was an associate professor of economics at Indiana University South Bend. In 2002 he was visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Black has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, including introductory macroeconomics; introductory microeconomics; labor economics; energy; economics and the environment; and a survey of economics. His research focuses on the economics of science and innovation, local and regional economic issues, and economic education. He has contributed to research funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the South African Revenue Service, and the United States Agency for International Development. He is the author of the book, The Geography of Small Firm Innovation, and his research has been the focus of articles in diverse publications, including Economic Inquiry, Research Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, Science and Public Policy, and Growth and Change. Dr. Black served as a consultant to the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy at the National Academy of Sciences and participated in the Scientific Workforce Project sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was elected into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indian University in 2010 and received the Michiana Forty Under 40 Award for professional and community service in 2009. He has regularly provided commentary to the media. Dr. Black is a member of the American Economic Association, Midwest Economics Association, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's Economic Education Advisory Board, and the Global Association of Teachers of Economics.