Photo credit: Rick FaticaRichard Vedder, Ph.D.
Richard K. Vedder studies higher education financing, labor economics, immigration, government fiscal policy and income inequality. A distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University, he is the author of several books, including  Going Broke by Degree, and The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers, and the Economy (with Wendell Cox). Dr. Vedder earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.


Michael DeBow CCAP PictureMichael DeBow, J.D
Associate Director
Michael DeBow teaches courses in real property, business organizations, administrative law, legislation, and local government law at Samford University.  In addition, he has served to two Alabama attorneys general – Bill Pryor and Luther Strange. Early in his legal career he clerked for Judge Kenneth Starr and served the Federal Trade Commission and Anti-trust division of the U.S. department of justice. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law school and M.A. and B.A. in economics from University of Alabama. He co-founded and co-edits the Federalists Society’s annotated bibliography of conservative and libertarian legal scholarship.




Pic - DistelJoshua Distel
Administrative Director
Josh Distel recently joined CCAP after earning his Master of Arts in Politics from Hillsdale College. Josh did his undergraduate studies at Ashland University, where he studied Political Science and History. In 2011, he was awarded the James Madison Award for Outstanding Ashbrook Scholar from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. Last summer, Josh had an article published on about the lessons we can learn from superhero movies. More recently, he finished his Master’s thesis titled, “The hobgoblin of little minds: Winston Churchill and Political Consistency”
phone: 202-621-0536


Joshua Hall, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Joshua C. Hall is an associate professor at West Virginia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Economics. Formerly an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, he is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World reports. In addition, he is author of over 40 articles in journals such as the Atlantic Economic Journal, Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Labor Research, Southern Economic Journal, and Public Finance Review.


David Ridpath, Ed.D.
Faculty Fellow
David Ridpath is an assistant professor of sports administration at Ohio University and the past president of the Drake Group. Dr. Ridpath is an expert on issues involving intercollegiate athletics and is the author of the new book, Tainted Glory: Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. He is regularly quoted in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”


Daniel Bennett
Research Fellow
Daniel Bennett is a Research Fellow with CCAP. He has recently completed a Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University, and is a Professor of Economics at Patrick Henry College.


danpic3-11-13Daniel Garrett
Research Fellow
Daniel is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. He specializes in econometric modeling and data analysis. He is interested in the intersection of poverty and higher education. Daniel received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in economics with a minor in mathematics.


Joe HartgeJoseph Hartge
Chief Research Assistant
Joe Hartge is a senior in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, majoring in economics. He is also a board member of the Ohio University Student Equity Management Group, a student organization that manages part of the University’s endowment fund. Joe is currently working on his honors thesis and applying to graduate programs. He will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in May, 2015


Chase Peterson-Withorn
Forbes Liaison
Chase Peterson-Withorn is a recent graduate of Ohio University where he majored in political science with a minor in economics. While there he served on the executive boards of Ohio University’s Students For Liberty and Economics Society. Following graduation, Chase began work at FORBES Media, LLC, as an editorial intern, and CCAP Liaison through the America’s Top Colleges Project.


IMG_2854Virginia Ewen
Research Assistant
Virginia Ewen is a senior at Ohio University studying statistical mathematics with an economics minor. She has served as the social media coordinator for Backdrop Magazine, a student-run publication at Ohio university. Virginia is also a group fitness instructor and tour guide on campus. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in December, 2014.


20141013Rob_Hammer_bwsRobert Hammer
Research Assistant
Rob is currently pursuing a double major in Economics and Anthropology with a minor in Spanish at Ohio University. He is also involved with Ohio University’s Student Alumni Board (SAB) and is a Manasseh Cutler Scholar. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in May 2016.


Matthew CCAP PictureMatthew LeBar
Research Assistant
Matthew joined CCAP in 2012 as a sophomore in high school. Now a senior, he spends most of his time in the university classroom taking junior and senior level economics and mathematics courses. He is in the process of applying to some of the top colleges that he has spent the past years researching.