Jeremy  Thornton
Associate Dean, Dwight Moody Beeson Chair of Business, Professor of Economics, Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator
Brock School of Business
Department of Economics Finance and Quantitative Analysis
201 E Cooney Hall
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Jeremy Thornton, Ph.D. serves as associate dean and the Dwight Moody Beeson chair of business, professor of economics and the coordinator of the social entrepreneurship program at Brock School of Business. He teaches micro-economic theory, development economics, social entrepreneurship and international economics. Prior to his academic career, Thornton was involved in international economic development. In that role, he facilitated the design micro-finance and anti-poverty programs for civil society organizations in developing countries, primarily Latin America. His projects ranged from micro-lending programs for refugees to medium-sized agricultural and manufacturing operations.

Thornton’s current research emphasizes the influence of market competition on nonprofit organizations and financing for social enterprises. See his current research.


Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. Economics, University of Kentucky
  • M.S. Economic Development, Eastern University
  • B.A., Asbury University

Research Areas

  • Industrial Organization, Nonprofit Competition, Social Enterprise Finance, Charitable Giving, Nonprofit Government Procurement

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Brock School of Business, 2018
  • Distinguished Service Award, Brock School of Business, 2014
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Brock School of Business, 2007


  • Alabama Association of Nonprofits, Board of Directors
  • Alabama Economics Association
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action
  • American Economic Association