Marcus Witcher, Ph.D.

Twitter: @MarcusWitcher

Dr. Marcus Witcher is ACRE’s Scholar-in-Residence and is affiliated with the Department of History. In addition to being an engaging and enthusiastic educator, Dr. Witcher specializes in political, economic, and intellectual history from 1920 to the present. His specialization is Modern American Conservatism and his manuscript Getting Right with Reagan: Conservatives and the Fortieth President, 1980-2016 is currently under review. Dr. Witcher earned his B.A. in history from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011 and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Alabama in 2017. Dr. Witcher offers classes in Modern American History including courses on the Cold War, the Conservative Movement, and U.S. Economic Development. His research on conservatism has appeared in White House Studies Journal, and he is the co-editor of a three-volume anthology entitled: Public Choice Analyses of American Economic History. Dr. Witcher is currently researching for his next book length project Why Here? Sam Walton, J.B. Hunt, John Tyson and the Entrepreneurs who Built Benton County.


Labor Market Regulation


  • Minimum-wage rise perilous – An op-ed by UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Thomas Snyder and ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Marcus Witcher was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on November 1st, 2018. They detail some of the troubling history behind previous minimum wage increases and briefly discuss some of the economic theory showing which groups are most harmed by minimum wage increases.