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Educator, Author, and Expert in Economic Pedagogy

Jadrian Wooten is a distinguished educator and researcher, holding the position of Collegiate Associate Professor at Virginia Tech's Department of Economics. He is best known for his innovative integration of media into economics education, notably through his authored work, Parks and Recreation and Economics. Jadrian writes the insightful 'Monday Morning Economists' newsletter weekly and his expertise is regularly featured in prominent outlets like USA Today, TIME Magazine, and BBC Radio.

His research focuses primarily on educational methodologies and the economics of sports and labor. He is dedicated to enhancing economic education at all levels and has become an important resource for both university and high school instructors looking to enrich their curricula.

Academic Appointments

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Department of Economics

Collegiate Associate Professor of Economics (2022–Present)

Director of Undergraduate Studies (2022–Present)

The Pennsylvania State University

Department of Economics

Associate Teaching Professor of Economics (2019–2022)

Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics (2018–2019)

Lecturer of Economics (2014–2018)


Ph.D. in Economics (2014)

Washington State University

Fields: Industrial Organization and Environmental & Natural Resources

Master of Business Administration (2010)

Sam Houston State University

Bachelor of Business Administration (2009)

Sam Houston State University

Public Speaking

I'm available for speaking events at your school or organization.

Stadium Tours

I enjoy visiting professional & college stadiums around North America.

Reading Goals

Find out what I'm reading now on my way to 52 books per year.


I write a weekly newsletter highlighting economic concepts.

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