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W. Mark Crain
William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy
112 Simon Center
Tel: 610.330.5315

Curriculum Vitae

Lafayette College Faculty Spotlight

Mark Crain is the William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy at Lafayette College and Chair of the Policy Studies program. Dr. Crain has published over 125 articles and 10 books in the fields of economics, business, political science, and law.

Crain came to Lafayette College in 2004 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he had been a faculty member for many years, and Director of the Center for Study of Public Choice. His prior academic positions were at UCLA and Virginia Tech. He served under President Reagan in the US Office of Management and Budget, and on numerous civic commissions at the federal, state, and local levels.

Crain received his doctorate in economics from Texas A & M University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.


Katie Schimpf
Policy Studies Program
116 Pardee Hall
Tel: 610.330.5921

Welcome Katie Schimpf, Policy Studies Administration Assistant


In January 2011, Katie Schimpf became Administrative Assistant for the Policy Studies program. She comes to Lafayette from Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH), one of the world’s largest apparel companies. At PVH, Ms. Schimpf was Executive Assistant to the V.P. of Store Operations and responsible for all monthly, quarterly, and annual fiscal reporting, as well as management of all sales meetings and special events. She was also a key member of the company’s fundraising events for non-profit organizations, implemented and managed PVH’s Enterprise Application Software (EAS), and acted as liaison between Headquarters and individual stores throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Phillips Van Heusen Corporation, Ms. Schimpf was the Administrative and Sales Assistant at D.B. Becker Co., Inc., a specialty chemical distributor located in central New Jersey.

Ms. Schimpf’s education is in Business Administration and Graphic Design, and is active in Lehigh Valley civic affairs. She lives in Forks Township with her husband and two daughters.