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Dr. Phillip W. Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research and the author of “The 1619 Project: A Critique.”

Magness’ research has appeared in multiple scholarly and popular venues, including the Journal of the Early Republic, the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Slavery & Abolition, Constitutional Political Economy, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Supreme Court History, and Liberal Education.

His popular press writings have appeared in Newsweek,, the History News Network, and the New York Times. He has fact-checked Politifact, discussed the economics of higher education on NPR’s Marketplace, and presented on Black Abolitionism for C-Span’s American History TV.

Magness holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He obtained his MPP and Ph.D. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, specializing in policy history. He has taught Public Policy at George Mason University and American University in the Washington, D.C. region. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Berry College for the 2017-18 academic term.