TAWNI HUNT FERRARINI is the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at the Lindenwood University's Hammond Institute. Prior to arriving at Lindenwood University, she held an endowed chair and served as the Sam M. Cohodas Professor at Northern Michigan University (NMU). For twenty years she grew the footprint of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2015, she was called into leadership service and carried out the responsibilities as the president of the National Association of Economic Educators. Through her teaching experiences, research, and service, positive attention has been drawn to the important role of responsible and accountable individuals in overall growth and prosperity. Ferrarini specializes in technologically-enhanced instruction and has contributed to the redesign of Junior Achievement USA, published numerous articles, and co-authored three books. Find Tawni Hunt Ferrarini on ResearchGate.

Tawni Hunt Ferrarini serves as a faculty scholar for the Fraser Institute (Canada), Council on Economic Education (Japan), and Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan). Her reputation as a dynamic speaker on economic topics brings her around the globe. She is widely known for exciting a wide variety of audiences about how sound economic reasoning can help them take firm steps toward living personally rewarding lives.


Accolades include the 2020 National Association of Economic Educator's Patricia Elder International Award, 2016 Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance Nonprofit Award, 2012 Council on Economic Education’s Albert Beekhuis Center Award, 2010 Michigan Council on Economic Education Educator’s Award, 2009 NAEE Abbejean Kehler Technology Award (inaugural recipient), and a distinguished faculty member at NMU in 2009. 


Co-authored books include: Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity (2016, St. Martin’s Press), Economic Episodes in American History (2019, Wohl Publishing), and Teachers Can Be Financially Fit (Springer, 2020). Common Sense Economics has been or is being translated into Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Myanmar, and Nepali. The second edition has been published into Turkish and Thai. Peer-reviewed articles also appear in academic and education journals. Tawni earned her doctorate from Washington University, where she studied under the 1993 Nobel laureate Douglass C. North, and has a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.





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