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About the Brandt Professor

Brandt Professor of Free Enterprise Capitalism

In December 2003 the Brandt Foundation established the first named professorship for a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at Boise State University, selecting Dr. Charlotte Twight to be the Brandt Professor of Free Enterprise Capitalism. As part of that professorship, the Brandt Foundation provides funding to bring important speakers to our campus annually under the auspices of the Brandt Foundation Lectures. Dr. Twight is responsible for selecting the speakers and managing the annual events.

Dr. Charlotte Twight

Dr. Charlotte Twight

Dr. Twight (left) received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in 1983 with specialties in government regulation/industrial organization, international economics, and public finance. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington in 1973 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She joined Boise State’s economics faculty in 1986.

Dr. Twight’s research interests center on government regulation of the U.S. economy—its statutory and constitutional basis, its historical evolution, and its economic and political causes and consequences. Her research explores public choice, institutional change, and the growth of government. Her most recent book, Dependent on D.C.: The Rise of Federal Control Over the Lives of Ordinary Americans, was published by Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press in 2002.