Thomas Sowell

Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy
Awards and Honors:
American Philosophical Society
National Academy of Education
Biography: 

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

He writes on economics, history, social policy, ethnicity, and the history of ideas. His most recent books on economics include Housing Boom and Bust (2009), Intellectuals and Society (2009), Applied Economics (2009), Economic Facts and Fallacies (2008), Basic Economics (2007), and Affirmative Action Around the World (2004). Other books on economics he has written include Classical Economics Reconsidered (1974), Say’s Law (1972), and Economics: Analysis and Issues (1971). On social policy he has written Knowledge and Decisions (1980), Preferential Policies (1989), Inside American Education (1993) and The Vision of the Anointed (1995). On the history of ideas he has written Marxism (1985) and Conflict of Vision (1987). His most recent books are Barbarians Inside the Gates (1999) and The Quest for Cosmic Justice (1999). Sowell also wrote Late-Talking Children (1997). He has also written a monograph on law titled Judicial Activism Reconsidered, published by the Hoover Institution Press. His writings have also appeared in scholarly journals in economics, law, and other fields.

Sowell’s current research focuses on cultural history in a world perspective, a subject on which he began to write a trilogy in 1982. The trilogy includes Race and Culture (1994), Migrations and Cultures (1996), and Conquests and Cultures (1998).

Sowell's journalistic writings include a nationally syndicated column that appears in more than 150 newspapers from Boston to Honolulu. Some of these essays have been collected in book form, most recently in Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays published by the Hoover Institution Press.

Over the past three decades, Sowell has taught economics at various colleges and universities, including Cornell, Amherst, and the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as the history of ideas at Brandeis University. He has also been associated with three other research centers, in addition to the Hoover Institution. He was project director at the Urban Institute, 1972-1974, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 1976–77, and was an adjunct scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, 1975-76.

Sowell was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2002. In 2003, Sowell received the Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement. Sowell received his bachelor’s degree in economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard in 1958, his master’s degree in economics from Columbia University in 1959, and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.

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Has patriotism become obsolete?

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, July 8, 2006

A fter a holiday that used to stir patriotic emotions -- the Fourth of July -- it has been painful to see examples of how little remains of that glue that holds a society together…

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Time lionizes 'Teddy' without examining all facts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, July 8, 2006

A special issue of Time magazine celebrates the historic career of Theodore Roosevelt and the implications of his presidency for the development of American society. In the phony familiarity of our times, where you call people by their first names when you have never even met them, the cover story in this issue is titled "Teddy…

Analysis and Commentary

Teddy and Time

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Thursday, July 6, 2006

A special issue of Time magazine celebrates the historic career of Theodore Roosevelt and the implications of his presidency for the development of American society...

Analysis and Commentary

Explosive facts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Each year about this time, some parents write in to ask for suggestions of things for their children to read during the summer to counteract the steady diet of liberal-left indoctrination they have been getting in schools and colleges…

Analysis and Commentary

Is Patriotism Obsolete?

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Each year about this time, some parents write in to ask for suggestions of things for their children to read during the summer to counteract the steady diet of liberal-left indoctrination they have been getting in schools and colleges…

Analysis and Commentary

Amnesty actually gives illegals more rights than citizen

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, July 1, 2006

Some people are worried that amnesty will give illegal aliens the same rights that American citizens have. In reality, it will give the illegals more rights than the average American citizen…

Analysis and Commentary

Universities lack faith in academic freedom

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Thursday, June 22, 2006

In the grand scheme of things, the resignation earlier this year of Harvard's president, Lawrence Summers, is a small episode…

Analysis and Commentary

Bordering on fraud

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The immigration bill before Congress has some of the most serious consequences for the future of this country…

Analysis and Commentary

Random Thoughts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Monday, June 12, 2006

Random thoughts on the passing scene: When you have 90 percent of what you want, think twice before insisting on the other 10 percent…

Analysis and Commentary

How to counteract educational indoctrination

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, June 10, 2006

Each year about this time, some parents write in to ask for suggestions of things for their children to read during the summer to counteract the steady diet of liberal-left indoctrination they have been getting in schools and colleges…

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