- Associate Professor, Economics and Finance Department, Creighton University
- Director, Institute of Economic Inquiry, Creighton University
Diana Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Economics and Finance Department at Creighton University. She is also Director for the Institute of Economic Inquiry at Creighton University, and the 2016 President-Elect at the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. She was previously an assistant professor of economics at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Dr. Thomas earned her Diploma in Business Administration from Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany and her BS in Finance from George Mason University in 2004. After working as a junior portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors in Frankfurt Germany for a year, she returned to George Mason University in the Fall of 2005. She earned her MA in Economics in 2007 and her PhD in Economics in 2009 both from George Mason University. Her primary fields of research are public choice, development economics, and Austrian economics. Dr. Thomas has published papers on political entrepreneurship and the regulation of late medieval German beer markets. She is currently at work on a project exploring informal property rights institutions in the developing world. In 2012, Dr. Thomas won the Researcher of the Year award from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.