|Dr. Ninos Pierre Malek
"Economics deals with society's fundamental problems; it concerns everyone and belongs to all. It is the main and proper study of every citizen." Ludwig von Mises
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I teach principles and intermediate Economics at San Jose State University and De Anza College. I also teach Government/Economics and Advanced Placement Economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California. My previous experience also includes teaching introductory economics at George Mason University.
I hold a B.A. in Economics (minor in Speech-Communications) and an M.A. in Applied Economics from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, where the faculty included Nobel Prize winners Dr. James Buchanan and Dr. Vernon Smith. I also had the privilege of being the student of Dr.Walter Williams. My Ph.D. field exams were in Austrian economics and Public Choice economics and my dissertation focused on economics education. My dissertation committee included economists Dr. Donald Boudreaux (chairman) and Dr. Peter Boettke.
My father is Assyrian (from Iran) and my mother is from Ecuador. I was born in San Jose, California on August 23, 1971. I speak Assyrian and Spanish and I studied some Italian at San Jose State University.
Even though my parents are Roman Catholic, they enrolled me at Liberty Baptist School in San Jose where I attended from the first grade until my sophomore year in high school. I later transferred to Santa Teresa High School my junior year and graduated in 1989.
While at San Jose State University, I was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, the Speech and Debate Team, and student government as Interfraternity Council President in 1993. I graduated with my B.A. in 1995.
At first, I wanted to be a stockbroker after watching the movie Wall Street. However, after working at Merrill Lynch as an intern one semester, I realized that a career involving sales was not for me. I decided that I wanted to pursue law school and a career as a JAG officer in the United States Marine Corps. I went to
United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia in the summer of 1993 in order to receive an eventual commission as a Second Lieutenant. However, because of a medical discharge, my training was cut short and, due to subsequent major shoulder surgeries, I was disqualified from future military service.
Instead of attending law school, I entered the graduate program in Applied Economics at SJSU. It was during this time, and specifically after reading a book entitled Economics on Trial by Mark Skousen, that I appreciated free-market economics even more (my first exposure to classical liberal/free-market thought was Frederic Bastiat's The Law which was given to me by a teacher when I was a young teen) and it was in this book that I was introduced to Austrian economics. I later studied Austrian economics during summer programs (1996, 1998, and 2000) at The Ludwig von Mises Institute, located at Auburn University, and at New York University (1997, 1999). I am also an alumnus of the Institute for Humane Studies summer programs (1997) and I have participated in two Liberty Fund meetings.
After receiving the M.A. in Applied Economics in December 1997, I worked for a major law firm in Palo Alto working in information technology support. After four months of this, I decided to enter the teaching profession. After a short time of substitute teaching, I started teaching full-time at Valley Christian High School in San Jose in April 1998. At the beginning of the fall 1999-2000 academic year I also started teaching economics during the evenings and weekends at San Jose State University and De Anza College. I did this until I left in August 2003 to pursue the Ph.D. at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
My interests and activities include reading (mostly nonfiction books dealing with theology, public policy, communication, and economics), writing opinion articles, working out at the gym, attending church,
going to the movies, grilling, watching my favorite TV shows, and keeping up with the political scene.
I also enjoy traveling. I have seen most of the United States from our major cities to the middle of nowhere--especially since I completed a cross-country drive from Washington D.C. to San Jose (going through Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada) in April 2006. I also have been to Fairbanks, Alaska in early 2012 where I had the opportunity to speak at the University of Alaska. In addition, I have been to Canada (Calgary), Mexico (Ensenada), The Bahamas (Nassau), and the following several countries in Europe on four separate occasions (fall 1997 and summers 2001, 2002, and 2003): Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
Finally, I got married for the first time in June 2013 to my beautiful wife. She is an outstanding and charismatic elementary school teacher.