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Steven C. McMullen

Professor / Economist / Writer
Professor of Economics
Hope College
Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Associate Fellow
Kirby Liang Centre for Public Theology


Steve McMullen is a professor of economics at Hope College, executive editor of the journal Faith & Economics, host of the podcast Faithful Economy, fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Associate fellow at the Kirby Liang Centre for Public Theology. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Animals and the Economy (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), co-author of Digital Life Together: The Changing Landscape of Christian Schools (Eerdmans 2020), and coauthor of Should Wealth Be Redistributed: A Debate (Routledge 2022). His research interests include inequality, consumerism, education policy, animal and environmental ethics, and theology.

Curriculum Vitae


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ph.D. Economics, 2008

Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Economics, 2004

Academic Positions

Professor of Economics

Hope College, 2023 to Present

Associate Professor of Economics

Hope College, 2014 to 2023


Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, 2014 to Present

Assistant Professor of Economics

Calvin College, 2008 to 2014

Teaching/Research Assistant

University of North Carolina, 2004 to 2008

Policy Research Intern

Georgia State University, 2003


  • Introduction to Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Developing a Christian Mind: Capitalism
  • First Year Seminar
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management in the British Economy
  • Senior Seminar (in London May Term)
  • Public Finance
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Calculus Applications for Business
  • Human Resource Economics (Labor Econ)
  • Principles of Economics Honors Seminar
  • Econometrics
  • The History of Economic Thought
  • Senior Research Project

Grants & Awards

  • Grand Challenges Award – Environmental Sustainability (with B. Bodenbender and S. Bouma Prediger), 2018.
  • Convergent Scholars Grant, (with A. McCoy), 2016.
  • “School Choice Policy and Private School Enrollment” Grant, (co-investigator with K. Den Dulk and M. Pelz), $20,000, 2015-2016.
  • Nyenhuis grant for student research funding, 2015.
  • Warren Samuels Prize for the best paper presented at the 2014 ASSA meetings, awarded by the Association for Social Economics.
  • “School Choice and Private School Demand” Grant, (Co-Investigator with K. Den Dulk and M. Pelz), $20,000, 2014-2015.
  • “Educational technology and human flourishing: new technologies in a Christian school.” Grant, (Co-PI with D. Smith, K. Sevensma, and M. Terpstra) $358,205. 2014-2017.
  • Calvin Research Fellowship, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
  • Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Working Group: Eating as an Act of Justice. 2011-2012.
  • McGregor Fellowship Supervisor 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Interim Research Leave, January 2011
  • Calvin College Alumni Association Research Grant, $1920, 2010
  • Paul Henry Institute Undergraduate Research Award, 2010
  • Center for Social Research Small Grant, 2009
  • Center for Human Science Fellow, 2005-2008

Service & Administration

Executive Editor, Faith & Economics, 2018 to present

Associate Editor for Social Sciences, Christian Scholar’s Review, 2015 to 2018

Consultant Editor, Journal of Animal Ethics, 2014 to present


Atlantic Economic Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Research & Reviews, Ethics Policy and Environment, Faith & Economics, IGI Global, Journal of Animal Ethics, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Urban Economics, Review of Social Economy, Routledge (monograph & book series), and Pearson (textbook).

Webmaster, Association of Christian Economists, 2010 to present.

Hope College Service:

Retention working group, 2018 to present.
Klesis Director, 2017 to present.
Religious Life Committee, chair, 2015-2016.
Social Science Research Guild, co-organizer, 2015-2017.
Departmental Seminar Organizer 2015-2017.

Calvin College Service:

Center for social research governing board chair, Climate Change ethics planning committee, Social Science Lunch Series Organizer, Animals and the Kingdom of God Committee, McGregor Fellows Program Director, Interim term committee, Faculty senator, Faculty senate secretary.