Staff

Douglas M. Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Walker is a Professor of Economics at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC. During the fall 2014 term he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction. He has been studying legalized gambling since 1995. He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on the economic and social impacts of gambling, particular casino gambling. Walker has experience consulting for industry, government, and research organizations.

Russell S. Sobel, Ph.D.
Dr. Sobel is a Visiting Scholar in Entrepreneurship at The Citadel, in Charleston, SC. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University in 1994. He has authored or co-authored over 150 books and articles, including a nationally-best-selling college Principles of Economics textbook. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and others. He has won numerous awards for both his teaching and his research, including the 2008 Sir Anthony Fisher Award for the best state policy publication of the year. His recent research focuses in the areas of state economic policy reform and entrepreneurship. Dr. Sobel performs data collection and analysis, and econometric analysis with Casinonomics.

Renée A. St-Pierre, Ph.D. Candidate
Ms. St-Pierre is a doctoral candidate in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. As a graduate student member of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours, she has participated in both basic and policy-related research in the area of youth and problem gambling. She has published several articles in international gambling and addiction journals on the topics of risk and protective factors for problem gambling, problem gambling primary prevention, and responsible gambling tools. She has expertise in several data analytical techniques, including regression analyses and structural equation modeling (SEM).

Collin Hodges
Mr. Hodges is a research assistant with Casinonomics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Charleston, and is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in economics at West Virginia University. Hodges does background research and works with data collection, organization, and analysis for Casinonomics.