Michael Rizzo, an AHI Senior Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Rochester, has won Professor of the Year Award as voted by students at the University of Rochester. The University of Rochester Students’ Association selects one professor in each academic division for the honor of Professor of the Year.  All undergraduate students are eligible to vote for this annual award, which honors professors who demonstrate outstanding teaching skills. Professor Rizzo won the award for the social sciences.

Professor Rizzo was graduated in 1996 magna cum laude from Amherst College. He received graduate degrees in economics at Cornell University, an M. A. in 2002 and Ph. D. in 2004.  He is the author of “The Unbroken Window,” a website that aims at educating the public in basic economics.  As an AHI Senior Fellow, Professor Rizzo leads one of two undergraduate student groups, funded by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, that are intensively exploring the writings of Friedrich Hayek.  “One need to be in a room for only minutes to register Professor Rizzo’s impressive combination of intelligence, charisma, and seriousness of purpose,” said AHI co-founder Robert Paquette.  “He is a splendid addition to our list of prize-winning teacher/scholars, and we have ambitious plans to expand his role.”