Dr. Jonathan J. Bean received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1994 and came to SIU in 1995. He teaches undergraduate courses on U.S. history, including business history, the Great Depression, and a senior seminar on "The Business of Vice." Bean is active in digital history: former Senior Editor for H-Business, an on-line journal for business historians, and now the Web Projects Coordinator for that international association. He has two active blogs: http://i-history.blogspot.com/ and http://www.independent.org/blog/.
He is the author of Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business, 1936-1961 (1996), Big Government and Affirmative Action: The Scandalous History of the Small Business Administration (2001), and a forthcoming book on the classical liberal tradition of civil rights. News outlets frequently interview Bean, from CBS Evening News to his role as election analyst for the Brazilian newspaper Correio Braziliense. Bean is also a Research Fellow with the think tank Independent Institute.