Ryan Safner

  • Undergraduate Faculty

Associate Professor of Economics

Rosenstock Hall, room 118-B
Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-11:30am and 3:30-5pm on Zoom


I teach courses in intermediate microeconomics, econometrics, and various electives in economics.

My research explores the political economy of innovation, intellectual property and public goods. I am primarily interested in understanding how various institutions in society can best facilitate the creation of ideas and inventions that can benefit everyone. This line of research has led me on an exploration through traditional policies like copyright and patents, newer settings like Wikipedia and Kickstarter, and to the cutting-edge territory of blockchains and network theory.

Outside of academia, I am an avid college football fan, an occasional cyclist, and lover of travel and good food. 


  • Ph.D., George Mason University
  • M.A., George Mason University
  • B.A., University of Connecticut 

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