William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy
112 Simon Center
Office Hours:
  • Spring 2024: ON LEAVE

Other Titles

  • Chair, Policy Studies Program

Mark Crain is the William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy at Lafayette College and Chair of the Policy Studies program. Dr. Crain has published over 125 articles and 10 books in the fields of economics, business, political science, and law.

Crain came to Lafayette College in 2004 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he had been a faculty member for many years, and Director of the Center for Study of Public Choice. His prior academic positions were at UCLA and Virginia Tech. He served under President Reagan in the US Office of Management and Budget, and on numerous civic commissions at the federal, state, and local levels.

Crain received his doctorate in economics from Texas A & M University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.

Affiliated programs: Policy Studies