Jay Miller, Kahryn Riley

Visiting Fellows

From left: Visiting Fellows Kahryn Riley, Ike Brannon, Andrew Hanson and Jay Miller.

Ike Brannon

Ike Brannon is president of the consulting firm Capital Policy Analytics in Washington, D.C. He is a former economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and also has been a senior fellow for the Bush Institute. He was director of economic policy for the American Action Forum.

He served as the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chief economist for the Republican Policy Committee, senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury, principal economic adviser for Sen. Orrin Hatch on the Senate Finance Committee, chief economist for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and senior economist for the Office of Management and Budget.

Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson is an associate professor of economics at Marquette University. He is also an associate fellow of the R Street Institute, a public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Before joining the Marquette faculty in 2012, he was as an assistant professor at Georgia State University for four years. From 2005-2006, Hanson served as a staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, D.C. His primary fields of interest are public finance and urban economics.

Jay Miller

Jay Miller of Whitefish Bay is an attorney primarily engaged in tax controversy matters. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business.

Previously, he served as vice president and tax counsel for Northwestern Mutual and, before that, as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Miller has written many articles on tax-related topics, both for professional publications such as Wisconsin Lawyer and for publications such the Badger Institute’s Diggings magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After first becoming a lawyer, Miller obtained a LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Kahryn Riley

Kahryn Riley, who manages the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s criminal justice reform initiative, is a visiting fellow for the Badger Institute's Center for Opportunity. Riley studied in the honors programs at Hillsdale College and Regent University School of Law.

She launched the Center’s criminal justice reform initiative in 2016 and publishes regularly on issues pertaining to the state penal code, law enforcement, the corrections system and other matters of public safety and civil rights. Her work has appeared in publications including The Detroit News, The Hill and USA Today, and she is a sought-after speaker on criminal justice reform issues.

Ed Timmons

Dr. Ed Timmons is a professor of economics and director of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University. He is one of the world's leading scholars on the effects of occupational regulation.

Timmons’ research has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, The Journal of Labor Research and Monthly Labor Review. He has published several policy pieces for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and also has contributed op-eds to U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and other publications.