Before joining Texas Tech University in September 2017, Prof. Grier was President's Associates Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma.


Prof. Grier has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Finance, The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Journal of Development Economics and The Journal of Law and Economics. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 6000 times.

His teaching interests include economic development, quantitative methods in the social sciences, political economy and applied macroeconomics.


Prof. Grier earned his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He was an assistant, then associate professor of economics at George Mason University and an affiliate of the Center for Study of Public Choice. He has also taught economics at Tulane University and the Center for Research and Teaching of Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He's been a visiting professor of Political Science at CALTECH and Duke. Professor Grier is a past co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal.

Professor Grier lives in Lubbock with his wife Robin and their dogs Paco and Diego, but when school is out, you can find them all in Santa Fe New Mexico!