The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.
Mark Thornton received a doctorate in economics from Auburn University in 1989. A revised version of his dissertation was published by the University of Utah Press in 1991 as The Economics of Prohibition. He was editor of the Austrian Economics Newsletter from 1983-1992. From 1989-1997 he was the O. P. Alford III Chair and adjunct professor of economics at Auburn University. He was appointed the Assistant Superintendent of Banking in Alabama and served from 1997 to 1999. He served on the faculty of Columbus State University from 1999 until 2002. Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the book review editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics.