Dr. Robert Houston is a Professor of Economics in the College of Business at Eastern Kentucky University. He has taught Micro and Macroeconomics, Public Finance, Environmental Economics, and Health Economics courses. His peer-reviewed research has been published in journals including the Southern Economic Journal, Atlantic Economic Journal, Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, Journal of Economic Education, and Applied Economic Letters. His current research is focused on the areas of Catholic social teaching and economic education. He is an active member of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.
Professor Houston dedicates most of his professional efforts to the classroom, where he has taught economics for over 30 years. He has won numerous student-nominated teaching awards, including EKU Noel Studio Critical Thinker, EKU Critical Thinker of the Year, EKU Stars, EKU Last Lecture Award, EKU Critical Thinker of the Year Nominee, EKU Golden Apple Nominee, EKU SGA Distinguished Educational Leader of the Year and the Golden Key Award for Teaching.
Professor Houston is originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts. He began his undergraduate education at Westfield State College before completing his degree at the University of Kentucky, where he later did graduate work. Professor Houston joined EKU in 1998 and has lived in Madison County with his wife and children since Derby Day 2000. He spends most of his free time on faith, family, and friends.