Stephen Barnes, Ph.D. is the director of the Kathleen Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he is also an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Finance.
Prior to his appointment to ULL, he was Director of the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group and an associate professor in the Department of Economics at LSU. His research focuses on topics in applied economics including the economics of labor markets, health and environmental hazards. Dr. Barnes has been principal investigator, or co-principal investigator on over $7 million in externally funded research including grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and numerous state agencies in Louisiana. Dr. Barnes completed his Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008.