Mary L. Rigdon is the Interim Director of the University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom. She joined the organization as Associate Director in 2021, working closely with David Schmidtz, who founded the Center in 2009. Mary is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

Mary received her Ph.D. in Economics and Mechanism Design from the University of Arizona in 2001. From 2012-2013, she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences program. She is currently an affiliate in the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University, an affiliate in the Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers, and a research associate in the Center for Economic Behavior, Institutions & Design at Rutgers. Before joining the Freedom Center, Mary was a faculty member in the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University (RuCCS). 

Mary’s research includes projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Her recent research on gender differences in competitiveness and the gender wage gap has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Evolution and Human Behavior. Her research has also been published in the Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Review of Behavioral Economics. Mary has been interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Network, Rosemary Counter for the Financial Times, KOLD News 13, KVOA News 4, Arizona Public Media, KJZZ, and The Daily Beast.

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