Slade A Mendenhall

Slade A Mendenhall

Slade A Mendenhall

Graduate Research Assistant

Public Choice, Constitutional Economics, Money and Banking, Regulatory Policy, Law and Economics

Slade Mendenhall is a third-year doctoral student pursuing research at the intersection of public choice economics, regulatory policy, and money and banking. His dissertation research focuses on financial regulations enacted during and after the Great Recession and the effects of those regulations on competition in the financial services industry. His other research interests include the political economy of war and defense, autocratic political systems, and non-market decision making.  

Before coming to GMU, he worked in political risk research, campaign politics, and the Georgia State Capitol. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

Current Research

Dissertation Chapters:

  • "Commercial Bank Competition, Riegle-Neal, and Dodd-Frank" (2017)
  • "Is There a Public Choice Theory of the Great Recession?" (2017)


Working Papers:

  • "Autocracy: Naked and Veiled" (2017)
  • "Conditional vs. Unconditional Surrender: An Economic Approach" (2017)
  • "Declared War and American Victory: A Search for Effective Commitment" (2017)

Grants and Fellowships

Presidential Scholar - 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

Courses Taught

  • ECON 410 - Public Choice 


  • M.Sc. Comparative Politics (Conflict Studies) - The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • A.B. Economics - University of Georgia
  • A.B.J. Mass Media Arts - University of Georgia