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Dr. Sam Staley

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D.

Director

Sam Staley became director of the DeVoe Moore Center in January 2014 after serving as Managing Director from September 2011 to December 2013. In addition to his responsibilities providing strategic direction and supervision of center operations and programs, he teaches advanced undergraduate and professional masters courses in social entrepreneurship, economic development, land use and regulation, urban policy, and research methods. Prior to joining Florida State, Dr. Staley was the Robert W. Galvin Fellow at Reason Foundation, an internationally recognized public policy think tank based in Los Angeles where he worked on issues such as transportation system management and performance, public private partnerships, growth management, and regulatory reform. While at Reason Foundation, he managed the China Mobility Project, traveling to China more than 30 times as supervisor of academic research projects on transportation policy and finance. He has more than 25 years of experience in urban policy and is the author, co-author, or editor of five books on public policy and more than 100 professional articles and reports. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Policy Debate, Town Planning Review, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, and the Journal of Transportation Engineering. He earned his PhD in public administration from The Ohio State University, his MS in applied economics from Wright State University, and BA in economics & public policy from Colby College. He also studied economics as a Bradley Fellow in the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University from 1989-90.

(850) 645-9694

E-mail: sstaley@fsu.edu


Judy Kirk

Judy Kirk

Business Manager

A South Florida native, Judy Kirk came to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University in 1978, earning a BS in Business Management. For many years this degree in management was used in a dynamic, applied setting as she raised her seven children as her husband Doug worked full time outside the home. She began her career on the FSU staff 1999, joining the DeVoe Moore Center staff in 2008 as a grant specialist, became Office Administrator in 2013 and then Business Manager in 2016.

(850) 644-3849

E-mail: jkirk@fsu.edu













Dr. Richard Feiock

Richard C. Feiock Professor, Public Administration Director, Program in Local Governance

Email: rfeiock@fsu.edu

(850) 644–7615

Curriculum Vitae




Dr. Randall Holcombe

Randall G. Holcombe, PhD

DeVoe L. Moore Professor of Economics

Randall Holcombe is a leading scholar on public finance and public policy. He is the author of more than fifteen books, including Political Capitalism (Cambridge University Press), Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress (Routledge), and Producing Prosperity: An Inquiry into the Operation of the Market Process (Routledge). He is a former member of Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, former president of the Public Choice Society, former president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, and a Senior Fellow with the James Madison Institute. His scholarly articles have appeared in economics profession’s leading journals, including the American Economic Review, National Tax Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, Public Finance Quarterly, and Public Choice, among others. Writing his dissertation under Nobel Prize winning economist James M. Buchanan, Dr. Holcombe earned his PhD and MA in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his BSBA in economics with honors from the University of Florida.

Email: holcombe@fsu.edu

(850) 644–7095

Curriculum Vitae




Dr. Keith Ihlanfeldt

Keith Ihlanfeldt, PhD

DeVoe Moore Eminent Scholar and Professor of Economics

Keith Ihlandfeldt is an internationally recognized scholar in urban and regional science, having been elected a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International in 2009. He has contributed foundational work on housing segregation, job accessibility, residential mobility, growth management, impact fees, and state and local public finance. In addition to his academic work, he has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Federal Transit Administration, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and others. He has served on the editorial boards of leading research journals, including the Review of Regional Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Urban Economics, and the Journal of Regional Science. He earned his PhD and MA in economics from Washington University and his BA from Illinois Wesleyen University.

Email: kihlanfeldt@fsu.edu

(850) 645–0075

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Crystal Taylor

Crystal Taylor, PhD, AICP

Director of Public Policy

Crystal Taylor joined the DeVoe L. Moore Center in 2019 as Director of Public Policy. Dr. Taylor brings practical and classroom experience into her role at the center. An award-winning instructor, she has taught a wide-range of courses on megacities, urban development, land-use planning, sustainable development, infrastructure planning, and collective decisions. An expert on environmental and healthy communities planning, she has conducted greenway research with a focus on Safe Routes to School policy. Dr. Taylor has also conducted program evaluations and collaborated on plans for the Department of Education and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She has studied in Japan and conducted field research in Ghana. Her academic research has appeared in professional journals such as Cities and Health, the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and the Journal of Environmental Health. Dr. Taylor earned her PhD in urban planning from Florida State University, MS in geography from the University of Alabama, and BS in management from Missouri State University.

Email: cjtaylor@fsu.edu



Signe Thomas

Signé Thomas, MS

Signè Thomas is a research associate in the DeVoe Moore Center and the project director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. Her research in the DeVoe Moore Center focuses on entrepreneurship, economic institutions, poverty, and human trafficking. She has developed an international reputation as a leader in economic education, partnering with the Fraser Institute in Canada and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) to organize and implement educator workshops and student seminars across North America. She enjoys advancing economic freedom and economic literacy through educational program implementation, textbook and curriculum content development, teaching, event planning, and organizational growth. Signè is pursuing her doctoral degree in economics from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and earned her MS in applied economics and BA in economics and international affairs from Florida State University.

Email: sathomas3@fsu.edu







Kathy Makinen

Senior Editor

(850) 644-8101

E-mail: kmakinen@fsu.edu