Upton Scholar

Promoting the wealth and well-being of nations.

Named for economist and sixth Beloit College President Miller Upton, the Upton Forum on the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations is Beloit’s premier residency program in economics, featuring panel discussions and a keynote address by the Upton Scholar.

Though the forum events last for only one week, students are immersed in the theories and work of the Upton Scholar well before the slated campus visit. Seniors in the department of economics and management participate in a seminar course built around the ideas and research of that year’s Upton Scholar, so that they will be able to engage the scholar on a deeper level.


Professor Joel Mokyr, 2023 Miller Upton Scholar

Joel Mokyr


Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University More about Joel Mokyr

John A. List, 2022 Upton Scholar

John A. List


Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. More about John A. List

Giovanni Peri, Upton Scholar for 2021.

Giovanni Peri


Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, and Founder and Director of the Global Migration Center. More about Giovanni Peri

Dr. James J. Heckman

James Heckman


Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. More about James Heckman

Dani Rodrik, 2018 Upton Scholar.

Dani Rodrik


Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. More about Dani Rodrik

Michael Greenstone speaks during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S.

Michael Greenstone


Previous chief economist for President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. More about Michael Greenstone

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, 2016 Upton Scholar

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey


A well-known economist and historian and rhetorician, she has written 17 books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistical theory to transgender advocacy and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. More about Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

Yasheng Huang, 2015 Upton Scholar

Yasheng Huang


The International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business, Professor of Global Economics and Management, and Associate Dean for International Programs and Action Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management. More about Yasheng Huang

Robert N. Stavins, 2014 Upton Scholar

Robert N. Stavins


One of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change policy whose research focuses on diverse areas of environmental economics and policy. More about Robert N. Stavins

James D. Gwartney, 2013 Upton Scholar

James D. Gwartney


The co-author of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World and holds the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. More about James D. Gwartney

Timur Kuran, 2012 Upton Scholar

Timur Kuran


professor of economics and political science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. More about Timur Kuran

Joel Mokyr, 2011 Upton Scholar

Joel Mokyr


Specializes in economic history and the economics of technological change and population change, is the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University. More about Joel Mokyr

Elinor Ostrom, 2011 Upton Scholar

Elinor Ostrom


Became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics when she received the honor and was a longtime faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington. More about Elinor Ostrom

Israel Kirzner, 2010 Upton Scholar

Israel Kirzner


Emeritus Professor of Economics at New York University and a leading figure in the Austrian school of economics. More about Israel Kirzner

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto


President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru Focusing on economic reforms that will encourage capital formation among the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet bloc. More about Hernando de Soto

Douglass North, 2008 Upton Scholar

Douglass North


Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and acted as economic consultant to the governments of Russia, Argentina, Peru, and the Czech Republic. More about Douglass North

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