The Director


Seth W. NortonSeth W. Norton 

Seth W. Norton is the Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Professor of Political Economy and Director of the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy. Norton holds a B.A. degree in history from Northwestern University, a M.A. in public policy from the University of Wisconsin, a M.B.A. in finance and industrial relations, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Professor Norton has held teaching positions at Triton College, Washington University, Illinois State University, and the University of Michigan. Norton has a broad teaching background, including American government, economics, finance, marketing and business strategy. At Washington University, Norton was the recipient of the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for distinguished achievement in teaching.

Professor Norton’s research record is also diverse. He has published widely in nearly every area of business and economics as well as legal studies and public policy. Norton has made important research contributions on government regulation, franchising, telecommunications, and world poverty. Norton is a member of the executive board of the Western Economics Association International and serves as its secretary-treasurer. Professor Norton is currently studying the links between economic institutions and poverty, public polices towards business and the economy, government regulation, property rights, and the role of culture in framing economic institutions.

From 1996 to 2008, Professor Norton was head wrestling coach at Wheaton College. During that period, he coached 16 Wheaton wrestlers to CCIW championships, 3 Wheaton Invitational Championships, 5 All-American awards, two NCAA Division III championships, five Scholar-All Americans and one Scholar All-America team.  

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