I just found out some happy family news which is happy news for the Mises Institute as well. My sister, a libertarian and a long time friend of the Institute, Rachel (Carson) Douchant, has landed a faculty position in the Philosophy Department of Lindenwood University (in St. Charles, right next to St. Louis) which will commence in the Fall. Considering that she just had a baby in November and that academic positions of any sort are scarce for philosophers this is great news. That she was able to get a job without leaving St. Louis is a miracle.Lindenwood is an unusual academic institution in that it is explicitly market driven. There is no tenure and it houses the pro-market Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment.
Rachel was a Mises Institute Summer Fellow in 2000.
She and I attended numerous LvMI events together including the Rothbard Graduate Seminar in which we spent a week with the senior faculty studying through Mises’ Human Action.
Just for grins, I should also note that she is the lovely young lady that appears on several recent LvMI event fliers, (I’m seated next to her but, wisely, obscured in the photo).
Her almost complete PhD thesis is titled “Hume’s Liberalism: A Reconstruction and Critique”.
Many thanks to the supporters, staff and faculty of the Mises Institute for helping to cultivate another young libertarian professor!
Please join me in congratulating Rachel.