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Free Enterprise

The Gilliam Center helps students develop an informed appreciation for – and ultimately become champions of – free enterprise systems globally.

A central value that supports this initiative is a desire to educate students on the liberties and principles outlined in the Founding documents (Constitution and Bill of Rights) where the principles of America’s Founders continue to undergird a free society. To help achieve its goals, the center provides grants to students and faculty members for free enterprise-related research and curriculum development, brings influential free enterprise speakers to campus, supports related student organizations and book clubs, and other learning and professional development activities.

Bob Subrick is an Associate Professor of Economics at James Madison University. He holds a B.A. (history and international relations) and B.S. (economics) from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. (economics) from George Mason University. Before coming to JMU, he was Research Associate at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Center for the Economic Study for Religion at George Mason University. Subrick has worked in the areas of economic development, economics of religion, political economy and the history of economic thought.

He has published nearly two dozen articles in academic journals. He is currenlty working on two books. The first is an economic history of Botswana. The second will focus on the economic history of Brazil.

If you have questions, or desire additional information, please contact Bob Subrick at

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