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John Singleton wins 2009 George W. Zinke award

John Singleton

The 2009 George W. Zinke Award in Economics Committee and the University of Colorado Denver Department of Economics are pleased announce that Mr. John D. Singleton has been selected to receive the 2009 George W. Zinke Award in Economics for his paper, “‘Money is a Sterile Thing’: Martin Luther on the Immorality of Usury Reconsidered.”

The George W. Zinke Award in Economics honors the best paper written in the history of economic thought at any of the University of Colorado campuses. The award, which honors the late University of Colorado Professor George W. Zinke, has been established by Professor Zinke’s family in order to encourage economics students at the University of Colorado to develop a passion for the history of economic thought and for advancing and applying economics in order to foster social justice and the betterment of humankind. 

Mr. Singleton, the first recipient of the Zinke Award, recently completed his first year in the Economics MA program at the University of Colorado Denver. He was born and raised in the Denver area and received his BA from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), with majors in economics (honors) and political science, and a minor in philosophy. Upon completion of his MA studies at UC Denver, he intends to pursue a PhD in economics, with the goal of becoming an economics professor. Mr. Singleton’s paper on Luther’s views on usury was lauded by the committee both for the depth of scholarship embodied in it and the elegant writing style that it evidences. Mr. Singleton’s paper was recently accepted for publication in History of Political Economy, the leading journal for scholarship in the history of economic thought.

The 2009 George W. Zinke Award carries with it a cash prize of $10,000. This Prize is a recognition of the Zinke family’s generosity and their commitment to supporting students who are interested in the history of economic thought, the betterment of society, and the pursuit of advanced studies in economics toward these ends.

The Zinke Award competition is open to any advanced undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Colorado. Though special consideration is given to applicants who plan to continue their education in economics following receipt of the award, students from other relevant disciplines including, but not limited to history, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology and law, are eligible for the Zinke Award. The award may be used to advance the recipient’s education at any appropriate university in the United States or abroad.

 For further information about the George W. Zinke Award, please contact Professor Steven G. Medema, Chair, Zinke Award Committee, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Denver, CB 181, Denver, CO 80217-3364 (email:; phone: 303-315-2032).