Derek K. Yonai
Derek K. Yonai is the Lundy Chair of the Philosophy of Business and an Associate Professor of Economics in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and an Adjunct Professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Dr. Yonai is responsible for the free enterprise education program at Campbell University and hosts The Politics, Law, and Economics Lecture Series. As part of his position, Dr. Yonai teaches the school of business’s signature course, Philosophy of Business, which introduces students to the ideas of free markets, personal liberty, and limited government. He has also taught a graduate version of that course which was recognized with the “Spirit of Inquiry Award” by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.
Dr. Yonai conducts research in the fields of legal history, law and economics, and religion and economics. He has written for both scholarly and popular outlets. His published research discusses the economic role of property rights and the law. His popular writings deal with the importance of understanding basic economics and the importance of economic freedom.
He has given numerous radio interviews discussing the connection between economic freedom and economic prosperity. He has also given radio interviews in Colorado, Iowa, and Florida discussing the impact of the copyright case Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. heard by the Supreme Court of the United States during the October 2012 term.
Dr. Yonai earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California at Irvine and graduated with honors from Whittier College School of Law. In addition, he earned a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. from George Mason University. While at George Mason University, he was a research assistant for Gordon Tullock.