About Me


Jeremy P. Thornton

Dwight Moody Beeson Chair of Business
 Associate Professor of Economics
Yother Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship

Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis
Brock School of Business
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35080

Email: jpthornt@samford.edu
Phone: (205) 726-2128


In the Brock School of Business, I teach microeconomic theory, development economics, international economics, and game theory. I also direct our Social Entrepreneurship Program which, combined with our traditional Entrepreneurship major, was recently awarded the National Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). 

My current research examines the influence of market competition and governance on nonprofit organizations. I have published my findings in: International Journal of Industrial Organization; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics; Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Applied Economics. I also examine the motives and incentives guiding philanthropic giving. My findings on this topic have been published in Faith & Economics and Journal of Personal Finance.  You can see my current research here or at my author page on SSRN.  

Prior to my academic career, I was involved in international development. I served as the Director of Economic Development at Go International. In that role, I facilitated the design microenterprise and anti-poverty programs for civil society organizations in developing countries, primarily Latin America. Projects ranged from micro-lending programs for refugees to medium-sized agricultural and manufacturing operations.

I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky, Masters of Science in International Economic Development from Eastern University, and Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University.