Member Directory

Norbert J. Michel is vice president and director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, where he specializes in issues pertaining to financial markets and monetary policy. Michel was most recently the Director for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation where he edited, and contributed chapters, to two books: The Case Against Dodd–Frank: How the “Consumer Protection” Law Endangers Americans, and Prosperity Unleashed: Smarter Financial Regulation.

Michel was previously a tenured professor at Nicholls State University’s College of Business, teaching finance, economics and statistics. Before that, he worked at Heritage as a tax policy analyst in the think tank’s Center for Data Analysis from 2002 to 2005. He previously was with the global energy company Entergy, where he worked on models to help predict bankruptcies of commercial clients.

Michel holds a doctoral degree in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. He received his bachelor of business administration degree in finance and economics from Loyola University. He currently resides in Virginia.

Nikhil Sridhar is a research associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. His research experience includes projects in monetary economics, the history of macroeconomic thought, banking regulation, and fintech. He has additional interests in political economy and financial economics, particularly in the context of commodity and currency markets.

Nikhil received a BA in political science at Duke University and is currently an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Jennifer J. Schulp is the Director of Financial Regulation Studies at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, where she focuses on the regulation of securities and capital markets. Before joining Cato, Schulp was a director in the Department of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA), representing FINRA in investigations and disciplinary proceedings relating to violations of the federal securities laws and self‐​regulatory organization rules. She was a lawyer in private practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Prior to private practice, Schulp clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was awarded the Karl Llewelyn Cup and the Thomas R. Mulroy Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. She holds an A.B. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Nicholas Anthony is the manager of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. Before joining Cato, Anthony worked both as an economic and marketing consultant and a clinical laboratory technician. He has previously written for the Foundation of Economic Education and is currently pursuing research projects regarding emergent dynamics within currencies and the effects of post-crisis Fed policy.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Anthony received a BS in Economics and Business Administration from Towson University, and an MA in economics from George Mason University.

Amanda Griffiths is the editorial director at the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives and the managing editor of the Cato Journal. She also works cross-departmentally to provide editorial content review for other Cato publications.

Amanda holds an MA from the University of Chicago, where she concentrated on political and social thought; and a BA from the University of Southern California, where she concentrated on political science, acting, and Italian. Her general research interests include political economy, political parties and public opinion, and theories of freedom and power.

In particular, Amanda writes extensively on Niccolò Machiavelli, and has recently begun to research, publish, and present on the relationship between Machiavellian and Stoic political thought.