Randy Simmons

Randy Simmons
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Organization: Utah State University


Randy Simmons is the Director of the Institute for Political Economy and Professor of Political Economy at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. His is also a former policy analyst for the U.S. Department of the Interior (1983-84).

Dr. Simmons is the author, co-author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Beyond Politics: Markets, Welfare and the Failure of Bureaucracy (Westview Press, 1994) and The Political Economy of Culture and Norms: Informal Solutions to the Commons Problem (Rowman and Littefield, 1993).

His professional and academic research has appeared in the BYU Law Review, Public Choice, the American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Contemporary Studies.

He was named Social Science Researcher of the Year at Utah State University in 1986, 1991, and 1994, and has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, Quest for Truth Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation. Dr. Simmons received his B.A. in political science from Utah State University in 1975, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oregon in 1978 and 1980.