Stephanie Kelton

Stephanie Kelton

Formal First Name
1969 - present

Stephanie Kelton is Chair of the Department of Economics at UMKC. She is an esteemed public speaker who consults with policymakers, investment banks, and portfolio managers around the world. Her research expertise includes government finance, monetary operations, social security, international finance, and employment policy. Kelton is the foremost evangelist of a fringe economic movement called Modern Monetary Theory. She is considered one of the most important voices influencing the policy debate today.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Kelton is the Editor-in-Chief of the top-ranked blog New Economic Perspectives.
  • She is a member of the TopWonks network of the nation’s best thinkers.
  • She has served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee.
  • She has served as Senior Economic Advisor to the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.
  • She continues as chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security.
  • She has been a contributor to Bloomberg Opinion and has written for the Financial Times, The New York Times, CNN, and many others.
  • She has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.
  • She has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes and has published articles in the Journal of Economic Issues, and Review of Social Economy, among others.
  • Accolades:
    • POLITICO called her one of the 50 Most Influential Thinkers in 2016
    • Bloomberg listed her as one of the 50 people who defined 2019
    • Barron’s named her one of the 100 most influential women in finance in 2020
    • Prospect Magazine listed her among the world’s top 50 thinkers in 2020