Anthony Gill

Teaching Liberty: It Don’t Come Easy
By Anthony Gill on December 14, 2009

Teaching about liberty should be an easy task, right? After all, who doesn’t love freedom?

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Wikipedia: Is It Really That Bad?
By Anthony Gill on November 20, 2009

This is more of a confessional than it is a blog posting. I need to come clean. I’m looking for absolution. For what, you ask? I use Wikipedia.

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Teaching Contemporary Events? Teach the Fundamentals First.
By Anthony Gill on October 26, 2009

Whenever anybody asks what I do for a living, I tell them that I’m a professor of political economy. Invariably, the person who asked responds, “Wow! You certainly have a lot to talk about today!” Even my academic colleagues will say this to me if some event such as a large bank failure dominates the headlines. The underlying implication of this statement is that professors in my discipline deal primarily with “current events.” In other words, we explain what is reported in the newspapers or on cable news.

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Anthony Gill
Anthony Gill

Tony Gill (Ph.D. UCLA; B.A. Marquette) is a full professor of political science and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and a non-resident scholar at Baylor University's Institute for the Study of Religion.  He specializes in political economy, comparative politics and religion (an odd combination indeed!).  Tony is the author of two books, Rendering Unto Caesar (Chicago 1998) and The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge 2007), and a whole bunch of articles examining religion from a microeconomic perspective.  In 1999, he received the UW's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Aging has provided Prof. Gill with a good understanding of the balance between scholarly life and everything else.  As such, he lives far away from campus in rural Washington and enjoys martial arts, target shooting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, watching football (the real kind, not the metric type) and playing Killer Bunnies with his lovely wife and adorable son.  He wishes he had more time to do jigsaw puzzles.  Sitting around a fire pit drinking domestic light beer with his neighbors and friends is much prefered to discussing postmodernism at a wine and cheese party.  If you ever meet Prof. Gill, you can immediately win his favor by buying him a Coors or shot of JD.  If you don't drink, he likes cheeseburgers and DQ Blizzards.  Tony is also a practicing Christian, but his pastor says he needs a lot more practice.

Prof. Gill likes to write about himself in the third person since it makes him feel more important than he really is.